The has announced a $50 million gift from alumnus Richard Rogel ('70) and his wife, Susan, in support of its and the .
The gift includes $30 million for scholarships that will enable medical students to enter their chosen medical specialty free of debt. "We look forward to fulfilling the Rogels' vision of selecting the highest-achieving medical students for scholarships that will free them to fulfill their potential as physician leaders in a wide range of medical disciplines," said U-M Medical School dean James O. Woolliscroft.
The gift also will create a $10 million endowment in support of faculty, students, and programs at the Center for Chinese Studies. "U-M has had a long-standing, widely recognized leadership role in Chinese studies," said Susan Gelman, interim dean of the . "Rich and Susan Rogel's generous gift to the [center] will renew our commitment and infuse the center with resources required to lead the nation in teaching, research, and service to enhance understanding of China and to train major scholars and leaders of the future. With this gift, the center will be able to partner with colleagues in China to develop richer understandings and collaborations for faculty and students." The remaining $10 million of the gift will help support future university initiatives.
The Rogels' latest gift brings their total giving to U-M to nearly $76 million. Richard Rogel will serve as vice chair of the Victors for Michigan campaign — to be launched publicly on Friday — leading the effort to raise $1 billion for student support, the campaign's highest priority. He also will chair the Health System component of the campaign, working to garner support for healthcare education, patient care, and research programs. Rogel, who was valedictorian of his class at what is now the , is president of the investing firm Tomay, Inc. and former chair and CEO of the Preferred Provider Organization of Michigan.
"This university gave me so much, and Susan and I want to give back in ways that will make a difference to students and the Health System as a whole," said Rogel. "With this gift, and my new role in the upcoming campaign, we hope to do our part to help all patients, now and tomorrow, who will be touched by the Health System's care, discoveries, and innovative minds."