Venture capitalist Martinson is donating $ 25 million to Purdue’s Honors College

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Friday (April 8) approved the name of the College of Honor for alumni John Martinson for $ 25 million. USD gift.

The College currently ranks among the top 20 national award-winning colleges College transitions, will be known as John Martinson Honors College. The Martinson gift will support undergraduate, scholarship, and creative activities; leadership and professional development; global and community involvement; and innovative pedagogies.

2005 Purdue has established a university-wide honors program, combining distributed award programs across disciplinary colleges. The move led to the creation of the new Honors College, Purdue’s first interdisciplinary residential academic college. an inaugural class of 556 students arrived and more than 2,700 students are currently enrolled.


Students study at the Hall of Fame, which is a gathering and event space for 2,700 honors students from the newly named John Martinson Honors College. (Purdue University photo) Download image

“Honorary College is unique among other higher education programs in terms of personalized experience, which is at the public Research 1 University, consistently referred to as one of the 10 most innovative,” said Rhonda Phillips, dean of Honors College. “Using these resources, Honors College serves as a testing ground for the development and implementation of creative pedagogy to equip our graduates with the research and entrepreneurial skills they need to lead in an era of unprecedented global change. Martinson’s incredible investment in our exclusive offerings will make Honors College the highest program at the national level with methods that can be exported to other colleges and schools for greater public exposure.

Martinson is a venture capitalist. Purdue holds a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering. He previously donated nearly $ 9 million to the College of Engineering. USD. His gifts were created by John Martinson Center for Entrepreneurship 2019 and supported INSPIRE Institute for Preschool Engineering Research, EPICAS and Women in Engineering.

1986 Martinson founded Edison Partners. He is now chairman of Martinson Ventures and has served on the boards of directors of 80 technology companies, as well as chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.

“I’m excited to be investing in Purdue’s Honors College,” Martinson said. “I have researched honorary colleges across the country, and Purdue College stands out for its size and excellent facilities. Because of its youth, the college needs some capital to reach its full potential and encourage talented students to change the world. I urge other graduates to support the best Purdue students.

The College of Honor promotes the development of knowledge and skills by bringing together highly motivated students from all fields of study into a single intellectual and residential community of researchers. It is based on interdisciplinary learning, discovery, and engagement based on the participation of colleges in all Purdue disciplines. Collaboration across the Purdue community is critical to Honors College’s vision: to achieve higher education as a national example.

“John’s investment is in building trust in the highly successful and innovative work taking place at Honors College,” said Pitchue President Mitch Daniels. “Honorary College is leading the way in developing Transformative Education 2.0, one of Purdue’s other steps to make Purdue the most innovative home-based learning program in the U.S. among major research universities. A gift from Martinson will go a long way towards achieving this important goal.

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Writer: Katie Donworth, KEDonworth@purdueforlife.org

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