Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine announced Tuesday that it has achieved 80 percent of its $25 million fundraising goal.
Kathy Wilbur, vice president of development and external relations, said in a news release the fundraising efforts, which were finalized this week, have pushed the campaign beyond $20 million two years into a five-year campaign.
“(CMED surpassing its fundraising goals will) positively benefit the families of central and northern Michigan communities as we train new primary care doctors to practice in this region,” Wilbur said in the release.
CMED Dean Ernest Yoder said he is pleased with the progress the college has made in reaching its fundraising goal.
“I’m very excited about (reaching the 80 percent mark); I think it puts us in good position to reach our goals over a short period of time,” he said.
Yoder said CMED continuing to have a strong relationship with the community and the dedication of the fundraising teams, as well as volunteers working together, will be crucial in order to raise the remaining funds.
“I am hopeful that we will reach our goal by the time the first CMED class starts in August,” he said.
Donations to CMED will be put toward scholarships, facilities and operations, as outlined in the news release.
“We appreciate our donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, sharing our vision and interest in helping create a unique medical education model,” Wilbur said. “We have been building momentum for the College of Medicine as we continue to share the story of how CMU and our community partners will use an innovative curriculum to train the next generation of primary care physicians.”
The College of Medicine received 2,765 applications for its inaugural class by the Dec. 15 deadline. The inaugural class will accept 60 applicants, and students will begin course work this summer.