Indiana University is about two weeks away from issuing a request for proposals on a lease that would last 30 to 50 years, Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald said. A similar deal at The Ohio State University generated $483 million.
General Electric announced Monday morning that it plans to invest $161 million at its Bloomington refrigerator plant, creating up to 200 jobs by 2014. The plant, which was once slated for closure, now has more than 500 employees.
Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says the university is in "constant campaign mode," and private philanthropy is vital for enhancing student financial aid, endowed faculty chairs, specialized buildings and academic initiatives.