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September 27, 2002

The Campaign for Purdue

University announces $1.3 billion fund-raising effort

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University today (Friday, 9/27) unveiled "The Campaign for Purdue" – a seven-year, $1.3 billion fund-raising effort that will be the largest ever undertaken by any university in Indiana.

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President Martin C. Jischke reported, "I'm delighted to say we've already raised almost $615 million placing us nearly halfway to our goal – thanks to people who believe in Purdue and want to support its strategic plan."

Private donations include a $52.5 million gift announced today from Indianapolis business and civic leader William E. Bindley. Bindley has targeted $7.5 million of his gift to help build the $15 million Bindley Bioscience Center in Purdue's Discovery Park and the rest as a deferred gift to fund endowments for faculty chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, and academic programs.

The Bindley gift, the largest ever from a private donor to Purdue, was announced one day after the university celebrated its largest corporate gift – $116 million in software from General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems and EDS.

  • Martin Jischke talks about the scope of the campaign. (13 seconds, 450K)
  • William Bindley discusses the potential of bioscience. (13 seconds, 425K)
  • Purdue this week also announced more than $23 million in gifts for indoor golf and tennis facilities, the Nancy T. Hansen Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Building, the Burton Morgan Entrepreneurship Center, the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center, the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research, programs for the School of Veterinary Medicine and a professorship.

    "These are tremendously exciting times at Purdue," Jischke said, "and our alumni and the corporations who hire them are as excited as we are about our strategic plan's vision to move this university to the next level: preeminence.

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    "To meet our strategic goals, we must raise $200 million for student scholarships, $200 million to attract and retain the very best faculty, $200 million for programs and centers, $600 million for facilities and equipment, and $100 million in unrestricted funds."

    Murray Blackwelder, senior vice president for advancement, said the economic downturn has not hurt fund raising.

    "When it comes to the major lead gifts, such as Mr. Bindley's, we do not foresee any downturn in generosity," Blackwelder said. "In fact, the Indiana University-Purdue University Center for Philanthropy reports that the major gift contributions have been up for the past two quarters."

    The importance of private dollars has become more and more important to all universities as state funding nationwide has not been able to keep pace with costs brought on by the revolution in technology, competition for faculty and other factors, Jischke said.

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    "To meet this challenge, to move forward rather than fall behind, we must depend on our alumni who now are in a position to give back something to the university that helped make their wealth possible," Jischke said. "Fortunately, at Purdue, we have very, very dedicated and farsighted alumni who are answering the call."

    Purdue's last campaign, completed in 1994, had a goal of $250 million and brought in $332 million. The Campaign for Purdue began in July 2000, and the funds raised to date have made possible numerous facilities, many of which already are under way, including:

    • The renovation of Ross-Ade Stadium, expected to cost as much as $67.9 million.

    • The $56.4 million Mike and Kay Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park.

    • Two indoor athletic facilities – the $1.8 million Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center and $6.5 million Dennis J. and Mary Lou Schwartz Tennis Center. (More than $4.5 million still needed.)

    • The $38 million Visual and Performing Arts Building. ($11 million still needed.)

    • The $35 million Krannert School of Management's Rawls Hall.

    • The $15 million Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park.

    • The $14 million renovation of Pfendler Hall, formerly Ag Hall.

    • The $16 million Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center.

    • The $11 million Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research. ($1.5 million still needed.)

    • The $7 million Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park.

    • A more than $20 million addition to, and renovation of, the Chemical Engineering Building.

    Ground was broken for the entrepreneurship center and civil engineering lab this week and will be broken Saturday (9/28) for the chemical engineering addition.

    Other facilities on the campaign wish list include a $10 million Discovery Learning Center in Discovery Park.

    Provost Sally Frost Mason said this new center will be "focused squarely on learning and bringing together teachers, learners and researchers to explore new, sometimes futuristic, technologies, ways of teaching and strategies. The center, we hope, will be home to a university honors program, teaching academy and a center for instructional excellence. It will foster experiments in experiential learning, collaborative learning and service learning, which links the classroom to community projects."

    Private funds also are being raised for:

    • A $10 million e-enterprises center in Discovery Park.

    • A $45 million multidisciplinary engineering building to house the Department of Freshman Engineering, the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the School of Materials Engineering, and several programs, including the Women in Engineering and Minority Engineering programs. ($10 million needed from private funds; the state of Indiana has been asked to fund the remainder.)

    • An $18 million biomedical engineering building.

    • A $3 million student projects building for the Schools of Engineering.

    • Renovation or expansion of several of the buildings and laboratories that support the Schools of Engineering, including

    – $35.5 million in renovations for the Electrical Engineering Building and Materials and Electrical Engineering Building, plus an addition to the Electrical Engineering Building.

    – A $16.3 million wing for the Mechanical Engineering Building.

    – An $11 million expansion of Herrick Laboratories.

    – $8 million in renovations of Grissom Hall.

    – A $3.5 million renovation of the Civil Engineering Building.

    – A $2.5 million rocket propulsion laboratory, an expansion of Zucrow Laboratories.

    • A $10 million renovation and expansion of the agricultural and biological engineering building.

    • A $30 million structural biology building (includes supporting infrastructure.)

    • A $15 million Cancer Center building.

    • A $20 million computer science building. ($7 million to be raised from private funds.)

    • A $9.5 million building for the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    • A $7 million classroom/office building for the Department of Aviation Technology.

    • A $10 million building for the Department of Child Development and Family Studies to house a youth institute.

    • The proposed $31 million Phase II addition to Ross-Ade Stadium would be paid for through the sale of newly created premium seats on the east side of the stadium, about half of the funding to be raised during the campaign. Phase II would be launched only when public demand dictates the additional seating.

    • More than $21 million in other Intercollegiate Athletics projects, including a student-athlete enhancement center, a video board for Mackey Arena and the remodeling and/or renovation of Mollenkopf Athletic Center, the baseball-softball stadiums and outdoor track.

    • $8 million in construction at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne for a residence hall and a center for music and performing arts education.

    • More than $7 million in construction at Purdue Calumet for a learning center for the southern part of Lake County, a construction technology lab, an information systems lab and the renovation of a kitchen for the Department of Hospitality and Tourism.

    • A $5 million renovation of the existing Krannert School of Management Building.

    • A $1 million rowing complex on the banks of the Wabash River. ($600,000 is still needed from private gifts.)

    • $2 million for a radiation therapy facility for the School of Veterinary Medicine.

    The Campaign for Purdue is expected to end June 30, 2007.

    Writer: Jeanne V. Norberg, (765) 494-2084, (765) 449-4986 (home),

    Sources: Martin C. Jischke, (765) 494-9708,

    Murray Blackwelder, (765) 4946-2144

    Sally Frost Mason, (765) 494-6839

    NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Broadcast-quality audio from the PACE announcement will be available at A satellite uplink of the announcement will be available at 2 p.m. (central time) Friday (9/27). The coordinates are SBS 6 TRANSPONDER 6; U/L: 14147.500 MHZ HORIZONTAL; D/L:11847.500 MHZ VERTICAL; ALLOCATED BANDWIDTH (MHZ) 43.000.

    Related Web sites:
    The Campaign for Purdue
    Purdue University Development

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    Purdue University President Martin C. Jischke, in announcing the university's $1.3 billion fund-raising campaign Friday (9/27), acknowledges William E. Bindley, at right. Also on Friday, Bindley announced a $52.5 million donation to his alma mater, the largest gift from a single individual in Purdue's history. A portion of the money $7.5 million will cover half the construction cost for the new Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue's Discovery Park. The remaining $45 million is a deferred gift to fund endowments for faculty chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, and academic programs. (Purdue University News Service photo by David Umberger)

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    Purdue Discovery Park, looking northwest, with State Street at the top of the photo. The large building at far left is the Birck Nanotechnology Center, which connects by walkway to the Bindley Bioscience Center. The red building at the top right is the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, which connects by walkway to an e-enterprise center. (Purdue News Service Photo by David Umberger)

    A publication-quality photograph is available at and at

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