Grainger Foundation pledges $100M to U. of I.
CHAMPAIGN – A $100 million donation to the University of Illinois College of Engineering will be used to recruit and retain top professors and to finance research in bioengineering and other areas, university officials said Monday.
The donation from The Grainger Foundation in Chicago is by far the largest ever made to the engineering school, spokesman Bill Bell said. The second largest was $32 million donated in 2001 by university graduate Thomas Siebel for the Siebel Center for Computer Science.
"We are tremendously grateful for this extraordinary gift from The Grainger Foundation, which is an investment in the future of engineering, the future of our engineering faculty and students, and, indeed, an investment in the campus as a whole," Urbana-Champaign campus Chancellor Phyllis Wise said in a news release.
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