Pharmacy alumnus and husband donate $6 million to name Purdue’s first-ever dean
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue College of Pharmacy’s most generous donors have made history by funding the university’s first-ever dean.
Jeannie (Bachelor of Science, Pharmacy, 1961) and Jim Chaney pledged $6 million to benefit the College of Pharmacy. Beginning July 1, their gift will establish the Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean of Pharmacy for the next five years as well as the Jeannie and Jim Chaney Dean of Pharmacy Excellence Fund Endowment. At the end of the initial term, donors will have the option of extending, renewing, pivoting, or making their appointed deanship permanent.
Together, these gifts immediately elevate the prestige of the college while enabling the Dean to make strategic investments in emerging priority areas and launch new initiatives that impact faculty, staff, and students. Given on the record-breaking Purdue Day of Giving, Chaney’s donation led the College of Pharmacy to the top of the donation charts with a total of $8,231,980 raised during the effort in April.
“We see a need for Purdue pharmacy students to have the best education they can get while they’re in school,” Jeannie Chaney said. “There is a huge need for pharmacists right now, and to meet that need, people have to step up. Dean Barker has a vision of where the college needs to go in the years to come – he knows what is needed. We saw this play out as he led the Protect Purdue committee to toe the narrow line of keeping students safe while pursuing their education.
Jim Chaney said: “Dean Barker has been a tremendous leader for the College of Pharmacy, and we have wanted to invest in his vision for some time. Our relationship with the college has made a significant difference for us, and our financial commitments have grown exponentially as our relationship has evolved. We are delighted to see the positive impact of our donations over many years.
Jeannie Chaney was a pharmacist in Ohio for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2011. She served as Chair of the President’s Council and a member of the Pharmacy Women for Purdue Steering Committee and the Pharmacy Alumni Board. Jim Chaney is president of Cleveland Syrup Co., which supplies sweeteners to food manufacturing companies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University.
Flexibility and creativity have been hallmarks of the Chaneys’ gift to Purdue. In 2018, the couple donated an additional $8 million to their Pacesetter Endowment for Pharmacy, which now offers scholarships and will ultimately support the nursing and pharmacy education building project. This dual-purpose endowment appealed to the Chaneys because their investment created impact from the start. Similarly, the Chaneys’ 2022 commitment has the flexibility to meet the college’s greatest current need—strategic investment funds for the dean—with the ability to rotate as the college’s needs or interests change. long-term donors are changing.
“Having these types of discretionary funds allows us to make priority investments in real time, such as our Emerging Leaders program as well as health equity, drug discovery and pharmaceutical manufacturing efforts,” said Eric Barker, Dean from the College of Pharmacy. “Jeannie and Jim have once again shown extraordinary generosity. This latest gift reflects their deep friendship with the college and their commitment to making Purdue’s College of Pharmacy the best in the country.
The Chaneys have supported a wide range of strategic opportunities at Purdue, including a principal gift for the Chaney-Hale Hall of Science, which opened in 2020, and a variety of funds and awards in support of students and scholars. teachers. Overall, the Chaney family has supported the college and university for 44 years with a combined total of nearly $25.5 million in philanthropic support.
“Jim and Jeannie are role models of philanthropy and generosity who love Purdue and understand how to impact strategic change through their donations,” Purdue Chairman Mitch Daniels said. “Their donations elevate all of Purdue as they continue to invest in our students and faculty. We are forever grateful for their vision for our Faculty of Pharmacy and beyond.
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