Retired physician donates $4 million to Delta State

Published 1:48 pm Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Mississippi university says a $4 million donation is the largest it has ever received.

Delta State University says it will use the money from Dr. Fred Pittman to pay for financial aid for students who can’t afford college.

The university says Pittman and his wife have given Delta State a total of $4.7 million. The Cleveland native attended a demonstration elementary school on the Delta State campus. Pittman is now a retired physician who lives on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

In 2015, Pittman and his wife gave the school $700,000 to endow scholarships for art, language and literature students.

Previously the largest gift to the school was $3.5 million from the estate of Robert Smith, a rice and soybean farmer for whom the university’s School of Nursing was named.