- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Two Dartmouth College alumni are each giving $10 million to the Ivy League school to create “academic clusters” aimed at addressing global challenges.

Richard Levy, a 1960 graduate, has committed $10 million to support a faculty team in health care delivery science as part of Dartmouth’s larger strategy to curb health care costs while ensuring high-quality care and access. Levy has served as CEO and chairman of Varian Medical Systems and chairman of Sutter Health.

The second gift, from an anonymous alumnus, will establish a faculty team focused on globalization and human well-being societies around the world.

The academic clusters are part of President Phil Hanlon’s initiative to build on the college’s areas of distinction. He hopes to recruit leading scholars to Dartmouth to conduct research and teach in interdisciplinary teams focused on major global challenges.

“Globalization is one of the great forces of this century, and we need to understand how it can drive positive change,” Hanlon said. “And in the area of health care, we need leading thinkers to explore how we can control costs while ensuring delivery of outstanding care. Dartmouth can have a significant impact addressing both of these issues.”

In early 2014, the college received a $100 million gift from an anonymous donor. Half of that gift is being used as a match toward the creation of academic clusters. Consequently, the two gifts announced last week will be matched with a further investment of $5 million.

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