Library at Purdue University Renamed to Honor a Black Alumnus

Roland Parrish, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University, is contributing $2 million to his alma mater for the renovation of the Management and Economic Library at the university’s Krannert School of Management. In return, the university is naming the library in his honor. The building will be the first major structure on the Purdue campus to be named after an African-American alumnus.

Parrish, who came to Purdue on a track scholarship, now owns 25 McDonald’s restaurants in north Texas.