has announced gifts totaling $15 million from the DeVos and Secchia families in support of a new medical research center.
Gifts of $10 million from Richard and Helen DeVos and $5 million from Peter and Joan Secchia will help underwrite construction of the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Research Center. Scheduled to open in late 2017, the center will support forty-four research teams working in critical areas such as autism, inflammation, transplantation, cancer, genetics, pediatric neurology, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, women's health, and reproductive medicine.
Peter Secchia, a 1963 graduate of MSU's Eli Broad College of Business and the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, and Joan Secchia, a 1964 graduate of the College of Education, previously gave the lead gift in the campaign for the College of Human Medicine's headquarters, known as the Secchia Center. Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway and a recipient of an MSU honorary degree, and Helen DeVos also provided lead gifts to complete the Secchia Center and have funded several health institutions in Grand Rapids, including the and the Cook-DeVos Center for Health.
"MSU is a proud member of the Big Ten's Committee on Institutional Cooperation, which is responsible for more than $10 billion in funded research — far more than the Ivy League's $4.3 billion," said Peter Secchia. "The center will help to tap into this network on a deeper level and expand the medical research agenda. It will be a magnet to attract business in the life sciences and growth in biotechnology."