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Donors give $100M to W Michigan for medical school

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March 22, 2011 10:16 AM EST | AP


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Donors have given Western Michigan University $100 million to launch a private medical school.

University President John Dunn says it is one of the largest cash gifts donated to a U.S. university. Dunn said Tuesday that the money will serve as "foundation funding" for the medical school that the university is developing with Kalamazoo's two main hospitals.

An unidentified donor pledged $1.8 million in 2009 and that has served as seed money for the medical school.

The school is expected to open in the fall of 2013 or 2014.