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.
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.