The gift will establish the Building Preeminence in Veterinary General Practice Education program, which will provide OSU veterinary students with opportunities to expand their educational experiences while developing and refining their clinical and professional skills. To that end, a portion of the gift, some $19 million, will fund the Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness, as well as seven faculty and twelve staff positions, the design and construction of a clinical and professional skills lab, and the purchase of a mobile vet unit for the college's Outreach Medicine Program. At the end of five years, and upon the successful achievement of established milestones, an additional $20 million will be awarded to endow the program.
Frank Stanton, an OSU alumnus, headed CBS television from 1946 to 1971 and is credited with presenting the first modern presidential debate in 1960. In 2002, Stanton established the Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine in honor of his wife.
"This gift from the Stanton Foundation will be transformational," said OSU president Michael V. Drake. "It is an investment in the future of veterinary medical education at Ohio State that will continue in perpetuity through veterinary students and faculty who will provide skillful and compassionate medical care for generations."