Alumnus Stan Tebbe’s latest major gifts to Purdue Engineering — supporting the first endowed 150th Anniversary Professorship and the recent Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories expansion — bear his family’s name, but the philanthropy is not about him.
“It is not a priority to have my name on a professorship or a building,” says Tebbe (BSME ’67, MSIA ’68). “My father taught me if you have the ability to do something, it is your job, and do not ask to be thanked for it.”
Tebbe explains: “My contributions to Purdue are all about people, and my motivation dates to my experience growing up on a farm in Greensburg, Indiana. I want to be an example, and I hope to inspire other alums to follow to invest in people, think big and give back to make the world a little better.”
A retired ExxonMobil senior executive and 40-year Purdue donor, Tebbe most recently became the first donor to endow a Purdue 150th Anniversary Professorship. Charles Krousgrill was named the Tebbe Family 150th Anniversary Professor in Mechanical Engineering in February 2019.