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March 12, 2015

With Donor Lagging, Indiana Campus Drops Name From Bridge

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has removed a putative $3 million donor's name from a campus bridge after receiving no payments on the pledge for the past nine years, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne. The 2003 donation by tech entrepreneur Donald Willis was intended to help fund construction of the 246-foot pedestrian span as well as scholarships and an endowed chair.

The gift was to have been fully paid off by next year, but a university official said the university has not gotten any money from Mr. Willis since 2006. "His intentions were always good, but at some point, you have to follow through," said Colleen Dixon, director of advancement services. According to Allen County, Ind., records, foreclosure paperwork was filed against Mr. Willis's home in January but a planned sheriff's sale was canceled. Mr. Willis declined to comment.