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International Paper Co. gives $2.25M to Mississippi State

STARKVILLE — International Paper Co. has given $2.25 million to Mississippi State to establish an endowment for a faculty chair within the school’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering and create a new controls laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Senior Vice President Tommy Joseph, a 1982 MSU graduate, announced the gift Monday. He says by partnering with the university, Memphis-based IP hopes to leverage the school’s program and the company’s resources to continue to recruit “the best and brightest students and faculty from across the country.”

The Bagley College currently offers 10 undergraduate degrees through its eight academic departments. In addition, the college offers 21 master’s and doctoral degrees.

The university says U.S. News and World Report ranks the college’s programs in the top 100 nationwide.

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