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Philip E. Nelson Endowment for Excellence


 Philip E. Nelson Endowment for Excellence


Purdue Food Science continues to hold to the philosophy of moving forward. In keeping with that, the Department is pleased to announce an unrestricted endowment in the name of Dr. Phil Nelson.

As part of Purdue’s 2005 Homecoming activities, the Department of Food Science held a continental breakfast in the lobby of the Food Science Building. The program for the breakfast centered on the announcement of an endowment named after Dr. Philip E. Nelson, the Department’s first Head. Phil and Sue Nelson were present as well as alumni, and current faculty and staff.

The interest funds from the endowment are to be spent to pursue the Department’s vision, "to be recognized world-wide as the leading food science department." This vision was articulated by Dr. Nelson when the department was founded. Dr. Marion Williams, Dr. Nelson’s first graduate student, founded the endowment with a multi-year pledge. "My intention is to create an endowment providing ongoing income to the Food Science Department to foster Phil Nelson’s vision of excellence", said Dr. Williams. Numerous people have stepped up to add to the endowment. There is already over $100,000 in pledges.

To recognize those who give in the amount to join the President’s Council, $1,000, a plaque has been placed in the main lobby with their names engraved. Gifts will continually be accepted. For further information regarding how to give to this endowment, please contact Laurie Swift.

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