August 3, 2018

Purdue University Board of Trustees statement regarding naming of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics

The Purdue Board of Trustees has decided that the name of the university’s economics center, named in April 2018 the John H. Schnatter Center for Economic Research at Purdue, should revert to the Purdue University Research Center in Economics. Purdue will offer to return the funds associated with the naming.

The board believes this action is necessary to avoid distraction from the center’s work, counterproductive division on the campus, and any inference of any deviation from the university’s often stated stance on tolerance and racial relations.  A copy of previous statements on that topic is attached by way of reaffirmation.

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