2013-03-14 / Local & State

$1M Gift To Establish Professorship At Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A California couple has donated $1 million to Penn State's department of industrial engineering.

The Centre Daily Times reports the donors are alumnus Tom Lucas, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1976, and his wife, Nicki.

The money will create an endowed professorship. Department head Paul Griffin says it will help add a topnotch faculty member and also provide resources for current and future students.

Lucas retired last year after a career in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry.

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