Jim McKelvey, co-founder/instructor for Third Degree Glass Factory, presents the Square, a new electronic payment system developed by Twitter founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, December 21, 2009, in St. Louis, Missouri. McKelvey and Dorsey are partnered on the development of the Square. (Photo by Dawn Majors/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/Sipa USA)

Washington University Names Engineering School After Square Co-Founder

James McKelvey recently made a big donation to the school

February 01, 2019 - 10:02 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Washington University in St. Louis is naming its engineering school after one of its most prominent graduates — Square mobile payment co-founder James McKelvey.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the change comes after a big gift from McKelvey, a St. Louis native. The donation will help fund more engineering scholarships, faculty recruitment and provide an endowment for investment in future needs as research and technology evolves.

The amount of the donation was not disclosed.

McKelvey enrolled at Washington University as an economics student. He has said he found computer science at the engineering school. He earned degrees in both economics and computer science in 1987.

McKelvey, who also founded LaunchCode in St. Louis, recently appeared on the Charlie Brennan Show.