California State University alumni Linda and William L. “Bill” Frost have pledged $110 million to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the largest gift ever to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the California State University System. Bill Frost is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alumnus, and Linda Frost is a San Jose State alumna.
The Frost donation will primarily support the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Science and Mathematics. A portion of their pledge was previously announced to fund the University’s Science & Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex scheduled to begin construction in 2018.
“I see this as an investment in the education and future successes of our science and mathematics students,” said Bill Frost, who founded Chemlogic, which was sold to Solvay for $1.3 billion in 2013. “I want this funding to be used to further enhance the Learn by Doing experiences that define Cal Poly and to provide students with research opportunities that will result in their presenting at regional, national and even international professional conferences and co-authoring publications with their faculty mentors in peer-reviewed journals.”