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May 10, 2016

$20 Million Donations for Cal Poly and Carleton College

California Polytechnic State University has received a $20 million pledge from industrialist Bill Frost and his wife, Linda, to support a planned center for research and technology, reports The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Mr. Frost, a 1972 Cal Poly graduate, founded Chemlogics, a producer of chemicals used in oil and gas extraction that was sold in 2013 for $1.3 billion. The donation, to be paid out over several years, will help fund the $57 million Science & Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex, slated to open on the San Luis Obispo campus in 2020.

Carleton College announced a $20 million donation from Barbara and Wally Weitz and their children to help fund an expansion of the Northfield, Minn., campus’s performance center.

The addition to the Weitz Center for Creativity — named for the family in recognition of a $15 million gift in 2007 to support the venue’s construction — will house Carleton’s music program and replace the center’s existing concert hall with a new space of higher acoustic quality. Construction is set to begin this month. The Weitzes and their three children are all Carleton alumni.