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* Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong congratulates all the contributors to the recently completed Campaign for Purdue (2 minutes 8 seconds)
* Purdue alumni and friends celebrate the raising of $1.7 billion during the seven-year Campaign for Purdue (2 minutes 15 seconds)

* The accomplishments of Martin C. Jischke

June 29, 2007

Campaign for Purdue surpasses goal, raises $1.7 billion

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Purdue University officials on Saturday (June 30) announced that more than $1.7 billion has been raised from nearly 184,000 donors at the conclusion of the seven-year Campaign for Purdue fundraising effort, surpassing the $1.5 billion goal. 

More than 105,000 Purdue alumni made gifts to the campaign, which is almost 30 percent of Purdue's total alumni population. Of the gifts, 206 were of $1 million or more, and 111,850 gifts were less than $100.

Michael J. Birck, university trustee and chairman of the Campaign for Purdue, made the announcement during an evening event at the Mollenkopf Athletic Center to celebrate the culmination of the campaign and strategic plan. The invitation-only event included Purdue trustees and cabinet members, deans, the President's Council, local officials and donors, including the steering committee of the Campaign for Purdue.

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"When we undertook this challenge seven years ago, many said that we set the bar too high," Purdue President Martin C. Jischke said. "But I'm pleased to say that we not only surpassed our original goal of $1.3 billion, but we surpassed our updated goal of $1.5 billion, and funds are still coming in.

"The Campaign for Purdue has been such a success due to the support of alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and corporate and foundation partners. It has helped us raise friends and funds to make Purdue an even stronger university — allowing us to make improvements such as adding more faculty, expanding our research capacity, increasing our diversity and upgrading our facilities. We should all be proud to have played a role in making a great university even better."

The Campaign for Purdue began in 2000 and was publicly announced in 2002.

The campaign was part of an overall strategic plan adopted for the university in 2001. The plan's stated goal is to make Purdue a preeminent university by advancing quality in all areas, including basic and applied sciences and engineering, and contributing to societal progress, especially in Indiana.

Purdue has met or exceeded goals in four out of five of the campaign's target areas: student support, faculty support, academic program support and unrestricted gifts. Fundraising for facilities will finish at nearly 95 percent of its goal.   

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Between July 1, 2000, and June 29, the following amounts were raised in each of the five categories:

* $227.6 million for student support, which is 114 percent of the $200 million goal. Funds raised for student support go toward funding merit-based and need-based scholarships for recruitment, retention and advancing diversity.

* $225.0 million for faculty support, which is 113 percent of the $200 million goal. Faculty support funds go toward faculty training, endowed chairs and professorships, conference participation, enhancing diversity, and providing other resources.

* $443.5 million for programs, which is 148 percent of the $300 million goal. Funds raised for programs help support experiential learning, research centers, community services, diversity programs, extension programs, and partnerships between business and industry.

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* $235.6 million in unrestricted funds, which is 118 percent of the $200 million goal. Unrestricted funds allow the university to allocate money where the need is greatest. Examples include study abroad opportunities for faculty and students and supplementing facility construction and renovation projects.

* $570.3 million has been raised so far for facilities and equipment, which is 95 percent of the $600 million goal. In addition to improving Purdue's physical infrastructure, funds for facilities also go toward improving the infrastructure of the university's information technology network. Forty-three capital projects were funded by the Campaign for Purdue.

The results of the seven key areas of the strategic plan also were announced during the Saturday event. As of June 29, the goals and progress were as follows:

* Adding 300 new faculty members. So far, 273 have been hired. Hiring for the remaining 27 faculty members has been authorized, and most are expected to be on campus by fall.

* Expanding engagement efforts in Indiana with a focus on economic development. Since 2001 nearly every college, school and department has launched engagement efforts. In 2001 the Office of Engagement was created, and in 2002 Purdue announced a partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools to form Science Bound, a program that mentors eighth- through 12th-grade students, encouraging them to enroll in classes and pursue careers in science, engineering, technology and math. Also in 2002 a series of daylong visits to communities in Indiana was launched to increase engagement and communication with the state's citizens.

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* Increasing campus diversity. From the 2001-02 academic year through February 2007, 58 percent of the faculty hires have been women and/or minorities, which includes 65 percent of the strategic plan hires. The total faculty and staff minority population is at 12.3 percent, up from 9 percent in 2000. Student minority population has grown every year since 2000. The total domestic minority population was 10.4 percent on the West Lafayette campus in 2000. Today it is 13.3 percent of a larger enrollment. Hispanics make up 3.1 percent of the student population, and 4 percent are African-American.

* Expanding scholarships and financial aid. Total financial aid at Purdue's West Lafayette campus for the 2006-07 academic year was $433 million, an increase of 67 percent from 2000-01.

* Offering competitive salaries to recruit and retain faculty and staff. The salaries for faculty and staff still lag slightly behind those of peer institutions, but progress has been made. Since 2000 faculty salaries among all levels have increased about 22 percent.

* Investing more than $750 million for the modernization and expansion of the university's infrastructure. Since the launch of the strategic plan in 2001, $1.032 billion in new or remodeled facilities, infrastructure improvements and repair and rehabilitation have been completed, are in progress or are in the planning stage at all Purdue campuses. Private sources were responsible for $570 million of the funds.

* Investing in programs to expand the research capacity in interdisciplinary initiatives aligned with the needs of Indiana. During Jischke's tenure, Discovery Park - made up of 10 centers - has grown from an idea to a $350 million interdisciplinary research, learning and engagement complex. More than 1,000 faculty have been involved in Discovery Park. Nearly 3,000 students have participated in Discovery Park programs, and 250 graduate students have offices there. Sponsored research granted by Discovery Park since it went online in 2002 has totaled $208.5 million.

Since 2000 fundraising has been completed for 43 facility additions and renovations. The list of projects includes:

* Beck Agricultural Center

* Belin Volleyball Court renovation

* Bill and Sally Hanley Hall to house the Human Development Institute

* Bindley Bioscience Center

* Birck Nanotechnology Center

* Blake Wrestling Training Center

* Boilermaker statue

* Biomedical Engineering Building

* Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

* Chao Center for Industrial Pharmacy & Contract Manufacturing

* Class of '53 Purdue Memorial Union South Lawn

* Class of '56 South Campus Plaza

* Class of 1958-59 Gateway to the Stadium Mall

* Class of '79 High Ropes Course

* Crew Club Boathouse facility

* CVS Pharmacy Practice Laboratory

* David C. Pfendler Hall of Agriculture

* Dennis J. and Mary Lou Schwartz Tennis Center

* Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center

* Discovery Learning Center

* Football video equipment

* Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering

* Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall to house the e-Enterprise Center and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering

* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Music and Performing Arts Center

* Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne residence hall

* Jerry S. Rawls Hall (School of Management)

* Lambert Baseball Field renovation

* Linda and William Fleischhauer Radiation Therapy Facility (School of Veterinary Medicine)

* Mackey Arena video board

* Marriott Hall to house the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

* Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering

* Niswonger Aviation Technology Building

* Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building

* Roger B. Gatewood Wing of the Mechanical Engineering Building

* Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research

* Ross-Ade Stadium renovation

* Schleicher Field renovation (Mollenkopf Indoor Practice Football Field)

* Seng-Liang Wang Hall for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

* Steve and Sandra Hageman Center for Student Achievement and Leadership

* Tom Spurgeon Golf Training Center

* Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center

* Wayne T. and Mary T. Hockmeyer Hall of Structural Biology

* Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts

The top 12 gifts made during the Campaign for Purdue are as follows:

* $116.1 million in software - the largest corporate gift in Purdue history - from Partners for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE), an alliance involving General Motors Corp., Sun Microsystems and EDS. PACE donated 1,205 computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering software packages.

* More than $105 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. during the seven-year campaign. Included were gifts for Discovery Park; challenge grants to increase alumni and governing board giving; challenge grants to increase the number of endowed professorships systemwide; and gifts to promote pharmacy education, outreach and research.

* $100 million from the Alfred E. Mann Foundation to establish the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Development.

* $52.5 million from Indianapolis executive and Purdue alumnus William E. Bindley — Purdue's largest individual gift ever. Of that gift, $7.5 million was earmarked for construction of the Bindley Bioscience Center at Discovery Park and the remaining $45 million funded endowments for faculty chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, and academic programs.

* $31.5 million from Michael and Katherine (Kay) Birck for the Birck Nanotechnology Center and the Katherine Birck Chair in Nursing

* A $23.65 million gift-in-kind from EMC Corp. to provide storage capacity and storage-area network management for the university.

* $21 million in timberland to the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources from the estate of Fred van Eck, a New York financier.

* A $20 million anonymous planned gift for the School of Chemical Engineering to support biotechnology initiatives.

* $12 million from Donald and Carol Scifres for the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory Nanofabrication Laboratory in the Birck Nanotechnology Center and for an endowed professorship in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* A $10.5 million anonymous gift to support the School of Mechanical Engineering and for unrestricted purposes.

* $10.1 million from Robert and Marilyn Glenn Forney to construct the Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering.

* $10.1 million from Jerry S. Rawls to construct a new facility named for Rawls in the Krannert School of Management.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998,

Source: Murray Blackwelder, (765) 496-2144,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;


William E. Bindley, his wife, Mary Ann, and Purdue President Martin C. Jischke at the 2005 dedication of the $15 million Bindley Bioscience Center in Discovery Park. (Purdue News Service file photo/Dave Umberger)

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