Illinois man donates $1.5 million to Purdue for math

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A man who applied to Purdue University more than 40 years ago because there was no application fee for the master's program has donated $1.5 million to his alma mater for its Department of Mathematics.

The Journal & Courier reports the donation by 66-year-old Andris Zoltners of Evanston, Ill., is the largest cash gift for the department. Zoltners later became a professor and author known for sales force management and co-founder of a global sales and marketing consulting firm in Chicago.

The school added $1 million to the donation as part of an institutional matching program. That means the department now has $2.5 million to create an endowment for recruiting and retaining a top math professor.

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