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.

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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.

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The name is pending consultation with a chancellor’s joint advisory committee and approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

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