$7 million gift is largest in Seton Hill University history

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Seton Hill University today announced the largest gift in its history -- $7 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the construction of a new Health Sciences Center on the main campus in Greensburg.

Other gifts are supporting the center as well, including a $1.5 million gift from The Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, a $750,000 gift from an anonymous donor and $3 million from trustees, alumni and friends.

The 52,000-square-foot center is part of a $75 million planned campus expansion and renovation.

In a press release, Seton Hill board chairwoman Michele Ridge said, "The board acknowledges that the foundation's gift helps the university ascend to a new era of excellence in the sciences at Seton Hill. And, the commitment affirms our decision to proceed with key building and renovation projects simultaneously."

Also in the press release, Seton Hill President JoAnne Boyle said, "The Health Sciences Center will meet growing demand for our core programs of excellence -- particularly in pre-med, physician assistant, biology, chemistry, dietetics and nutrition. This gift, along with those from The Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and others will help us meet that demand."

Michael Poll, Seton Hill vice president for enrollment management, said Seton Hill's enrollment in health sciences has been growing, major reasons being its partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the university's physician assistant program.

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Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955. First Published April 4, 2013 2:45 PM


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