Somebody out there really likes Kalamazoo, Michigan and Western Michigan University.
Six years ago anonymous donors started Kalamazoo Promise, which covers tuition costs at state colleges and universities for graduates of Kalamazoo public high schools. Now anonymous donors have given $100 million to Western Michigan University, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to establish a medical school. Officials at WMU hope that the graduates produced by the medical school will help to reduce an anticipated shortage of doctors in the United States.
In an era where so many people seem obsessed by the notion of celebrity — by the prospect of getting their face on TV or their name on a building — it is heartening and refreshing to see that there are still people out there, in Kalamazoo, Michigan at least, who see the virtue and value in anonymous philanthropy.