A Record Gift for a Public University

Congratulations to Kristen DeVries and the rest of the leadership team at Western Michigan University. Today they announced a $550 million donation to the University – the largest private gift ever to a public university.

The funding, to be delivered to the university’s foundation over 10 years, will flow in three main streams: $300 million for Western Michigan’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine; $200 million for need-based financial aid, faculty hiring and other university initiatives; and $50 million for the school’s Bronco athletic programs.

As Kristen noted, “An extraordinary day at an extraordinary institution! I am humbled by these selfless donors, whose compassion will transform the lives of our students and our community generation after generation!”

Well done!

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