- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Former Penn State University president Bryce Jordan, who was credited with a major fundraising campaign and has a campus arena named after him, has died at age 91.

The university confirmed his death on Wednesday.

The Centre Daily Times reported that Jordan’s wife, Barbara Jordan, a former reporter and editor at the newspaper, said he died on Tuesday at his home in Austin, Texas.

The Bryce Jordan Center on the State College campus is named for Jordan, who served as president of the university from 1983 to 1990.

Born in Clovis, New Mexico, and raised in Abilene, Texas, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

During his tenure, he was credited with launching a fundraising campaign that raised hundreds of millions of dollars, strengthening recruitment of students, faculty and staff, increasing strategic planning and helping to support economic development in the commonwealth.

Jordan held positions at several other universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, but he told the newspaper in January that Penn State stood out because of “the deep and widespread loyalty shown by students, alumni and, indeed, by the general public, including those not associated in any direct way to the university.”

“This, I think, is largely because of the length of service Penn State has delivered to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania - academically and culturally, as well as in public service to agriculture, business and industry, education, athletics and a host of other areas,” he said.

He said his proudest achievement was giving the university “a new opinion of itself, more pride in itself.”

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