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January 15, 2015

Ariz., Mich., and Iowa Universities Get $20-Million Gifts

The University of Arizona School of Music will be named for prominent horn player and educator Fred Fox following a $20-million gift from the 100-year-old musician's son and daughter-in-law, writes the Arizona Daily Star. The donation from Alan and Daveen Fox, announced Wednesday, will establish three endowed faculty chairs and a scholarship fund.

Fred Fox played French horn with symphonies in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington and taught at a number of universities and conservatories in California. In recent years, he has worked regularly with students of University of Arizona professor Daniel Katzen, a horn player whom Mr. Fox mentored in the 1970s.

Retired General Mills executive Stephen Sanger and his wife, Karen Sanger, have donated $20-million to the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business to expand a program for leadership development, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Mr. Sanger, a former chairman and CEO of the food giant, earned his master's degree at the Ann Arbor campus in 1970. The new Sanger Leadership Center will succeed an existing effort that aims to produce business leaders who also work to effect change in their communities.

Iowa State University has received a $20-million gift to support its Innovation Center project to provide space for collaborative work by students, primarily in the design and engineering schools, campus newspaper the Iowa State Daily reports. The anonymous donor contributed an additional, unrestricted $2-million gift for the university's College of Human Sciences.

See The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s grants database for the latest foundation and corporate donations.