Chicagoan gives Notre Dame $75 million for science, tech research

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chicago private-equity pioneer and Notre Dame University trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan II has given $75 million to his alma mater—the largest single gift in Notre Dame’s 172-year history and one that makes Jordan the school’s most generous benefactor, the school announced Friday.

The money will go toward making Notre Dame renowned in an area of science and technology that is new to the university, boosting the school’s preeminence as a research institution, said University President the Rev. John Jenkins in an interview on Thursday.

The money will recruit top faculty and students, create prototypes, support seed grants and otherwise build a research and commercialization program, the university said in a press release.

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