Penn State receives $2.2 million donation for geochemistry faculty chair

Penn State’s geosciences department has received a $2.2 million donation for the creation of a faculty chair position, the university announced Thursday.

The two benefactors wish to remain anonymous, officials said in a news release.

The money will allow Penn State to recruit a top-notch scholar in the field of geochemistry, said Bill Easterling, the dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. The money will go to support student needs as well as expanding the department’s research.

“Having an endowed chair in this area will ensure that we can attract and retain the absolute leaders in the field and support their research and that of their students in perpetuity,” said the department head, Lee Kump.

The $2.2 million will count toward the university’s current $2 billion fundraising campaign.