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University of Massachusetts announces $175 million transformational gift to its Medical School

On Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, the University of Massachusetts announced a history-making $175 million donation from The Morningside Foundation to UMass Medical School.


The transformational gift is unrestricted and will nearly double the Medical School’s endowment. It comes as the Medical School celebrates its 50th year of educating future physicians, nursing leaders and biomedical scientists and as its Nobel Prize-winning research enterprise has grown to $400 million.


In recognition of the gift and of the deep commitment to education, research and health care by the Chan family of investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, UMass Medical School will be renamed the UMass Chan Medical School. Its three graduate schools will be renamed: the T.H. Chan School of Medicine; the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing; and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.


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Press conference

Sept. 7, 2021 

Campus celebration

Sept. 7, 2021 

  • UMass President Marty Meehan said UMass is “committed to excellence and that’s where UMass Chan Medical School is leading the way.”
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins said the gift is unrestricted, “which is rare, and quite frankly a dream come true for a university.”
  • Gerald Chan, representing The Morningside Foundation, said their gift is intended to draw attention to the “urgent need for supporting our state universities at a time when resources available to them lag far behind the resources available to the elite private universities, notwithstanding the fact that it is the state universities that educate the vast majority of college students in this country.”
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said UMass Chan Medical School’s high ranking in primary care education is key.
  • UMass board trustee Chioma Okwara, MD’17, cited her own experience as a student at UMass Chan Medical School in recognizing the value of the university and the importance of the gift.
  • UMass President Martin T. Meehan welcomes the Medical School community to the campus celebration.
  • Guangping Gao, PhD, and Zhiping Weng, PhD, applaud the announcement of the gift.
  • Chancellor Collins welcomes Gerald Chan to the podium.
  • Gerald Chan speaks to the UMass Chan Medical School community.
  • Chancellor Michael F. Collins and President Meehan listen to remarks from Gerald Chan.
  • Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito thanks The Morningside Foundation for its support of the Medical School.
  • Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Dean Joan Vitello describes the excitement of the faculty at word of the gift.
  • Chancellor Collins and Gerald Chan
  • From left, Gerald Chan, his wife, Beryl, Maryellen Collins and Chancellor Collins, following the campus announcement
  • The leadership of The Morningside Foundation with Chancellor and Mrs. Collins