has announced a $20 million gift from the to endow three funds designed to advance research and leadership at .
The gift is divided into three components, including a $5 million pledge to create a professorship in the Department of Health Care Policy. Initially named the Warren Alpert Professorship in Health Care Policy, the professorship will ultimately be renamed in honor of Barbara J. McNeil, the HMS Ridley Watts Professor and department chair, after her retirement.
The foundation also has earmarked $7.5 million to establish the Warren Alpert Foundation Discovery Fund for Immunologic Research, which will help advance pioneering immunological investigations at HMS. The remaining $7.5 million will establish the Warren Alpert Foundation Dean's Leadership Fund, a current-use fund that will provide substantive latitude to the dean of HMS for advancing the school's priorities and strategic needs.
"While we would like to think of ourselves as consistently loyal supporters of HMS, it had been nearly a quarter of a century since we had shown our dedication in a major way," said Bevin Kaplan, director and vice president of the Warren Alpert Foundation and a member of the HMS Board of Fellows. "It is my sincere hope that more people will recognize the immense value for all of humanity in supporting this exceptional institution."