URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will be renamed in honor of alumnus William Grainger.
School officials say the new name will be The Grainger College of Engineering. They say it recognizes a new $100 million gift from The Grainger Foundation. The foundation has committed more than $300 million, with more than $200 million provided in the last six years. UI officials say that’s the largest amount ever give to a public university to name a college of engineering.READ MORE: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging
Grainger graduated from the university’s electrical engineering program in 1919. He founded an industrial supply company that now employs more than 25,000 people worldwide.READ MORE: Family Remembers Azul De La Garza, Young Woman Shot And Killed In West Elsdon, As 'Beautiful Soul' With A Future In Art
The name is pending consultation with a chancellor’s joint advisory committee and approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.MORE NEWS: 6 Killed, 43 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
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