- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

FAYETTE, Mo. (AP) - Central Methodist University has received the largest donation in the 160-year history of the school in Fayette.

School officials announced the$3.6 million gift from Jay and Kelly Jacobs of Laguna Niguel, California, during homecoming events on Saturday.

The gift will help the school meet a $20 million fundraising effort announced in August.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1tYGjuc ) Jacobs served on the school’s board of trustees for eight years and his sister, Janet, is a current trustee. He did not graduate from the school.

At Jacobs’s request, the school will name a new Center for Allied Health for the late James and Helen Thogmorton. James Thogmorton was dean of students and dean of alumni affairs before he retired in 1991. Both the Thogmortons died in 2009.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, https://www.columbiatribune.com


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