$5 million gift to aid JHU School of Public Health

January 21, 1998

An anonymous donor has committed $5 million to the Johns Hopkins University for an addition to the university's School of Public Health in East Baltimore.

The university announced yesterday that the gift from an alumnus of the Hopkins School of Medicine will pay for the bulk of a $6.2 million expansion of the public health school's Wolfe Street headquarters. The addition will nearly double the size of the Monument Street wing, which opened in 1996.

Hopkins officials said construction will begin in April. The addition, which will house at least 150 faculty and doctoral students, is part of a $10 million expansion and renovation at the School of Public Health. Its original Wolfe Street building dates to 1926.

The addition "will make it possible to expand key academic programs, increase faculty in areas that are growing and be even more competitive in attracting top doctoral students," said Alfred Sommer, dean of the School of Public Health.

The gift brings the Hopkins fund-raising campaign total to $830 million, 92 percent of the $900 million goal that the university hopes to reach by 2000.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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