Trustees approve Boldt’s posthumous degree, faculty member to board committee

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Exactly one month after the shooting at Purdue, the victim is granted a posthumous degree.

“The recognition of it all is meaningful,” said Chairman of the Purdue Board of Trustees, Tom Spurgeon.

Meaningful is how the Purdue Board of Trustees described a posthumous degree for Andrew Boldt. Boldt was the victim in last month’s deadly shooting. On Friday, the trustees granted Boldt a posthumous degree in Electrical Engineering. Tom Spurgeon hopes the degree will serve as a symbol of Boldt’s time at Purdue.

“It was just important that he go ahead and receive the degree. After all, three and a half years of effort on his part to earn it and he well did that,” said Spurgeon.

The trustees also approved bringing on the University Senate chair as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board’s Academic Affairs Committee. University Senate Chairman David Williams said the measure is rare and has been in the works for seven months.

“It’s very important, I’ve come to see that, we, my successors, we need to be concerned about the good of Purdue,” said Williams.

Williams will join board members at the April meeting.

In recognition of a $15 million gift, the School of Civil Engineering will now be known as the Lyles School of Engineering. The California-based construction family has strong ties to Purdue.

“This school is going to have the resources to grow and continue to do wonderful things in the future. So, it’s a recognition of the past successes, but also an investment into the future,” said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering.

President Mitch Daniels announced that the rest of the board meetings will include with updates on the Purdue Moves. On Friday, the trustees heard reports on Drug Discovery and Advanced Plant Science Research.

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