- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University has received its largest donation ever.

The university says John and Rosemary Brown are committing $57 million to Auburn to fund a new performing arts center and a student achievement center in the engineering college. Officials say the gift is the largest received by the school in its 160-year history.

The Browns are both 1957 graduates of Auburn. Brown was CEO of medical device maker Stryker Corp., and his wife taught mathematics for nearly 30 years.

To date Auburn has raised more than $775 million as part of its “Because this is Auburn” capital campaign. Leaders want to fund thousands of new scholarships and teaching positions, develop new program and improve facilities on campus.

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