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April 27, 2015

Auburn U. and Fla. International U. Announce Major Gifts

Kicking off the public phase of a $1-billion capital campaign last week, Auburn University announced a $57-million donation to support construction of two new campus buildings, Al.com reports. The gift from John and Rosemary Brown, both 1957 graduates of the Auburn, Ala., university, will go toward a performing arts center and a student achievement center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Mr. Brown is a former chairman and chief executive of Stryker Corporation, a leading maker of medical devices. Ms. Brown was a longtime schoolteacher and has served on the board of the Auburn University Foundation. The Auburn campaign has raised $775 million to date.

Florida International University has received $20 million to expand and improve its School of International and Public Affairs, the Miami Herald writes. The school will be renamed for Steven Green, a former U.S. ambassador to Singapore whose family foundation provided the gift.

The Miami-based university will use the funds to construct a new building, establish scholarships, and pursue accreditation by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, whose membership includes Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.