WEST LAFAYETTE – At either end of the third floor of the Krannert School of Management building at Purdue University, the name of Papa John’s founder John Schnatter greets visitors to the offices of professors at the economic center renamed in his honor last spring.
Fueled by an $8 million gift in April from the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation, the West Lafayette campus added the pizza magnate’s name in front of the Center for Economic Research at Purdue.
As vestiges of Schnatter’s name this week were being stripped at the University of Louisville, his hometown of Jeffersonville and the corporate roster of the Papa John’s chain – all cascading from his admission Wednesday that he’d used a racial slur in a business meeting this spring – Purdue University found itself with some decisions to make, too.
Will Purdue return Schnatter’s donation – part of a record-breaking fundraising year that brought $451 million to the university in the 2018 fiscal year – and strip his name from the walls at Krannert?
How long it could take to answer those questions was still being sorted out Thursday.
“We operate the economic center with a commitment to the Purdue values of tolerance and respect for those of all races and backgrounds,” said Tim Newton, director of external relations and communications in the Krannert School of Management.