Arizona State University today will formally announce and celebrate the renaming of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences after a longtime Tempe resident and national homebuilder.
Ira Fulton, chief executive officer of Fulton Homes, will be honored during a pep rally on Hayden Lawn. He pledged a $50 million gift to the ASU Foundation to benefit the college, which is now the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.
Born in 1931 in Tempe, Fulton attended ASU and played football during his freshman year. He also delivered newspapers on campus and his mother owned a cafe that became the Sun Devil Cafe.
The gift will provide funding for scholarships, fellowships, research programs and attracting pre-eminent faculty. The college includes programs in computer science, electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering, bioengineering, civil and environmental engineering, chemical and materials, and industrial engineering, as well as the Del E. Webb School of Construction.
ASU President Michael Crow will lead the ceremony, and students, faculty and staff, as well as friends of the Fulton family, will be on hand.
"We are grateful to Mr. Fulton for his vision, commitment and trust in our ability to turn his investment into use-inspired engineering research and education that will transform the future," Crow said. "This is not only a gift to ASU, but a gift to the people of Arizona and this nation."
Based in Tempe, Fulton Homes builds single-family homes and employs 200 people.