Central Methodist receives $3.6 million gift

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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 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 Men when the school was a men’s college and later was dean of students and dean of alumni affairs.