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Tufts Receives Largest Gift In History

Tufts Receives Largest Gift In HistoryCummingsFoundation to Invest $50 Million in Veterinary School.Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.08.04] Tufts University officials today announcedthat Cummings Foundation, Inc., has committed to investing $50million in the University’s veterinary school over the next15 years.

The giftis the largest in the history of Tufts University and believedto be the largest gift ever made to a veterinary school in theUS.The gift also ranks among the largest ever to a Massachusettscollege or university.

In recognitionof the gift, the veterinary school will be renamed the CummingsSchool of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in a ceremonyto be held next spring.

“Tuftsis enormously grateful to Cummings Foundation for this extraordinarygift,” said Tufts University President Lawrence S. Bacow.

“Onemeasure of a just society is how well it takes care of those thatcannot take care of themselves. People who devote their livesto animals are among the most caring and unselfish among us. TheCummings Foundation gift appropriately recognizes their selflesscommitment,” he added.

“Themission of Cummings Foundation is to invest in organizations thatmake contributions to our society,” said William S. Cummings,president of the Cummings Foundation. "We were moved to recommendthis commitment due to the practical, entrepreneurial spirit ofTufts University in general, and Tufts Veterinary School in particular.This collaboration will help to provide the resources necessaryfor the school to sustain its vision. We are honored to supportthis world class institution of higher learning.”

“Thisgift will help fund needed capital improvements, provide matchingfunds in support of major research proposals, and greatly strengthenboth the educational and clinical mission of the School,”said Dr. Philip Kosch, Dean. “I cannot thank Cummings Foundationenough for its vote of confidence in the faculty, staff and studentswho make Tufts Veterinary School the special place that it is.”

William S.Cummings is the president of Cummings Foundation and founder ofCummings Properties, LLC. He is a graduate and trustee emeritusof Tufts University and was an overseer of Tufts Medical School.He was the founder and publisher of three community newspapersand has been involved in many philanthropic activities including25 years as a director of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club.

He is therecipient of the Tufts University Distinguished Service Award,the highest award the University gives to an alumnus. In 1998he was named Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year for New Englandby Ernst & Young. Cummings Foundation previously endowed theCummings Family Chair in Entrepreneurship and Business Economicsat Tufts.

CummingsProperties operates about 8 million square feet of office, laboratoryand research space in eastern Massachusetts, which it leases toabout 1,700 tenants. Cummings noted that part of his special interestin the veterinary school stems from the vital role of veterinariansin situations where animals are required in the humane
development of life-saving drugs.

At the onlyveterinary school in New England, Tufts veterinary cliniciansand scientists work tirelessly to improve animal health, humanhealth and ecosystem health, in the region and around the globe.

The facultyin the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals and theHospital for Large Animals are developing and applying the latesttechnologies to diagnose and treat diseases in companion animalsand agricultural species. They have done pioneering work in diagnosticimaging, renal dialysis, orthopedics, pulmonary diagnostics, criticalcare and new chemotherapies.

Researchat the school is helping to eradicate cattle disease and faminein Africa and Asia where indigenous populations are reliant uponcattle for sustenance.

Since manyof the world’s emerging infectious diseases and most bioterroristagents are animal or zoonotic diseases transmitted from animalsto people, Tufts’ infectious disease research program isworking to better understand and treat these most serious threatsto human health. Examplesof these zoonotic diseases include the West Nile virus and rabies.

The school’sDivision of Infectious Diseases is recognized for research oninfections associated with diseases of childhood and infectionsthat threaten people with compromised immunity as a result ofmalnutrition, HIV/AIDS or other factors. Such diseases includeE.coli infections, salmonellosis and cryptosporidiosis.

The divisionalso has leading researchers investigating malaria, Lyme diseaseand tularemia. Last year, the veterinary school was awarded a$25 million contract from the National Institutes of Health toestablish centers to study food and waterborne diseases and botulismtherapies.

The TuftsUniversity School of Veterinary Medicine was founded in partnershipwith the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 26 years ago to providean opportunity for veterinary education for Massachusetts students.

Each yearone half of the seats in the class are reserved for Massachusettsresidents who receive a tuition discount. Built on surplus stateland, Tufts raised 100 percent of the capital necessary to buildthe veterinary school.

The schoolreceives annual operating support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,producing one of the most successful public/private higher educationpartnerships in the nation.

The schoolalso actively pursues alliances and partnerships with industry,other universities, government laboratories and non-governmentalorganizations to achieve a multi-disciplinary team approach toscientific inquiry.

The Cummingsgift will complement the state funding to enable the school tocontinue its tradition of providing one of the finest veterinaryeducations in the world.


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