Phillip 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.

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 in 1983. 

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.

Gifts will continually be accepted. For further information regarding how to give to this endowment, please contact the Agricultural Advancement Office​ 765-494-8672. 

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