University of Massachusetts announces transformational $ 175 million donation to its medical school

As the year draws to a close, the Office of Communications is rebroadcasting some of the great stories we covered in 2021, including the launch of the Volunteer Vaccine Corps led by UMass Chan School of Medicine, the ribbon cutting of the Medical School Campus Veterans Community Ambulatory Clinic; and the transformational $ 175 million donation from the Morningside Foundation that led to our name change. Look for these stories on UMassMed News between December 22 and 30. This story was originally published on September 7, 2021.

Today, the University of Massachusetts announces a historic donation of $ 175 million from the Morningside Foundation to UMass Medical School.

The transformational gift is unlimited and will more than double the endowment of the medical school. It comes as the medical school celebrates its 50th year of training future physicians, nursing leaders and biomedical scientists, and its Nobel Prize-winning research enterprise has reached $ 400 million.

“This gift is a powerful statement about the stature and potential of our medical school, a very special place,” said Chancellor Collins.

In recognition of the Chan family’s gift and deep commitment of investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists to education, research and healthcare, UMass Medical School will be renamed UMass Chan Medical School. Its three doctoral schools will be renamed: the TH Chan School of Medicine; the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing; and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

The announcement was made by UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins, who was joined by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, University of Massachusetts President Martin T. Meehan and members of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees to thank the Morningside Foundation and the Chan Family for the gift.

TH Chan, named after the School of Medicine, is the late patriarch of the Chan family, who were deeply committed to supporting higher education.

The Graduate School of Nursing will be named after the family’s matriarch, Tan Chingfen, a nurse who the family recalls administered vaccines to neighborhood children in the 1950s.

The choice of “Morningside” for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences reflects the name of the investment group and the family foundation.

“This gift is a powerful statement about the stature and potential of our medical school, a very special place. The confidence that this historic gift conveys in our medical school is breathtaking, allowing us to recruit renowned and innovative professors, to conduct more cutting-edge biomedical research, to offer financial support to highly qualified and diverse students; and to be ever more expansive in fulfilling our public service mission, ”Chancellor Collins said during the announcement.

The Morningside Foundation said in a statement that “The Morningside Foundation and the Chan family are proud to honor the legacy of their Patriarch and Matriarch and their deep commitment to the advancement of health and education. There is a powerful chemistry and a very special culture at UMass Medical School where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. “

“On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the many future healthcare professionals and educators who will benefit from this transformational gift to Massachusetts’s first and only public medical school, we are grateful to the Morningside Foundation and the Chan family for their incredible generosity. “Governor Baker said.” I am deeply grateful and thank Chancellor Collins for his leadership and commitment to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, its students, its faculty and its future. ”

Marty Meehan, president of the five-campus system at the University of Massachusetts, said, “The generosity of the Morningside Foundation and the Chan family is an acknowledgment of what the people of the Commonwealth have long known: our medical school is the jewel in the crown. of public higher education and support for its world-changing work will bear fruit for many years to come. Gifts of this magnitude are not possible without strong management, resource management and leadership continuity that is present throughout the UMass system and well on display in the medical school under the leadership of Chancellor Collins and his team. “

Chancellor Collins, President Meehan and special guests will hold a media availability today at 10:00 a.m. in the Boston Room of the UMass Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd Floor. Due to COVID-19 security measures, media should contact the UMass Medical School Communications Office to attend and are expected to arrive by 9:30 am The press conference will be broadcast live on

More information, videos and photos from the press conference and the new medical school logos will be available after the media are released at

UMass Medical School was founded in 1962 to provide affordable, high-quality medical education to residents of the state and to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in underserved areas of the state. Its first batch of medical students graduated in 1974. In 1979, a doctoral program in biomedical sciences was established, followed by the Graduate School of Nursing, which opened in 1986.

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