- Associated Press - Thursday, December 2, 2010

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $26 million to Washington State University for its School for Global Animal Health.

The gift will be the largest the university has received. It’s a million dollars more than his old friend and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates gave through his charitable foundation in 2008 to build the School for Global Animal Health. The school studies diseases that move from animals to humans.

The 57-year-old Allen attended Washington State University for two years before dropping out to take a computer programming job.

In 1996, he donated $3.1 million to build a new high-tech fraternity house for his old fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta, at WSU.

Washington State University, in Pullman, Wash., has about 20,000 students on the main campus.