Indiana University of Pennsylvania has announced a $23 million gift from alumni John and Char Kopchick in support of science and math initiatives.
The largest single gift in IUP history was announced at the public launch of the university's campaign to raise funds for a new science building, a broad range of scholarships, an executive-in-residence program for the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, programmatic support for the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, and healthcare simulation programs and facilities. With a total of $53 million raised to date, IUP has increased its goal for the campaign from $40 million to $75 million over three years.
"We hope this university, where first-generation college students find eye-opening experiences — where we received our start — continues to flourish and reaches new heights," said John Kopchick, a professor of molecular biology and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar at Ohio University as well as co-inventor of the drug Somavert, which combats acromegaly, a growth hormone disorder. Char Kopchick serves as assistant dean of students at OU.
IUP also announced that alumni Tim Cejka, retired CEO of the ExxonMobil Exploration Company and vice president of ExxonMobil, and his wife, Deb, have pledged $2 million beyond the $5 million they've already given to the school. Other gifts in support of the campaign include $1 million from alumni William and Audrey Madia for science and math initiatives; $1.4 million from William and Judy Scheeren for the College of Education and Communications; and $1 million from Terry Serafini in support of initiatives in mathematics, business, and a campus beautification project.
"The extraordinary commitments made this evening and those we've received toward the campaign before tonight's announcements are an overwhelming testimony of how IUP alumni truly believe in what we do here," said IUP president Michael Driscoll. "I see no limits to what IUP can accomplish as we prepare the next generation of leaders and as we make a positive and transformative impact on our region."
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