The gift, which will count toward the university's $1.5 billion capital campaign, will help establish the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program — the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program — in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students in the program, which is designed so that they complete their degrees in less time, incur less debt, and enter the workforce more quickly, will spend their final two semesters working in private veterinary practices, government agencies, or other community partnerships to secure hands-on learning experience in an Arizona community.
Established in 1990, the Marley Foundation has previously provided support to the university for the Marley Building; endowed Project CENTRL, a rural leadership initiative; and made a $4.5 million gift to the UA Foundation to endow a research and extension program in sustainable rangeland stewardship.
"This program is incredibly important to Arizona, and I thank the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation for their generous support," said UA president Ann Weaver Hart. "This innovative program will help the [university] meet a critical need for veterinarians throughout Arizona and provide a vital talent base for the state's growing workforce needs."