Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo has announced a $100 million donation from a group of donors who prefer to remain anonymous.
The largest gift in the university's history will support the development of a new medical school that WMU is creating in partnership with two local hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. WMU and the hospitals have been working together to establish the school since 2007. It was not until 2009, however, that the university received a $1.8 million seed grant from an anonymous donor to begin development of the school. Scheduled to open by 2014, the WMU School of Medicine will build on the community's long commitment to higher education and its 35-year track record of providing third- and fourth-year medical education through two respected teaching hospitals.
"With their gift, these generous donors are endorsing the vision we've developed with our partners," said WMU president John M. Dunn. "It's a vision that will transform this community by leveraging its legacy and unique resources....Our donors know this medical school will continue the vision of transformation and economic development through higher education. This is not just a gift to Western Michigan University, it is a gift to our entire community and region."