Anonymous Donor Gives $50-Million to U. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

By JOHN L. PULLEY
Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, November 14, 2003

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has received a $50-million gift, its largest ever, from an anonymous donor.

The money will be used to improve the quality of clinical care at the medical center and to support basic research, with the aim of developing new treatments and cures.

Kern Wildenthal, the university's president, said in a written statement that the donor wanted "the medical school to become as well known for excellent clinical care and service as it already is for its outstanding research."

The university expects to collect the gift in cash installments over the next 18 months. It brings to $301-million the total of donations and pledges received to date in the medical center's fund-raising campaign, which was announced in April 2002 with a goal of $450-million. Campaign leaders said on Thursday that they had increased the goal to $500-million.

-Largest Private Gifts to Higher Education Since 1967