Whitworth University receives $10 million for graduate health programs

Whitworth University receives $10 million for graduate health programs

Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, has announced a $10 million pledge from Dana and David Dornsife in support of graduate health science programs.

The largest single gift in the university's history will name the Dana and David Dornsife Health Sciences Building, which, pending their accreditation, will house newly established doctoral programs in occupational therapy and physical therapy. The 40,000-square-foot facility is slated to be completed in 2022.

Longtime supporters of the university, the Dornsifes previously helped fund the Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Engagement. In 2013, Whitworth awarded the Dornsifes with honorary doctorates in humane letters for their philanthropic and professional achievements.

"With the opening of the Dana and David Dornsife Health Sciences Building, Whitworth will begin an amazing new chapter in its history," said provost and executive vice president Gregor Thuswaldner. "Providing this exciting space for our new doctoral programs in occupational and physical therapy, as well as our existing master's degree in athletic training program, will give Whitworth's students the opportunity to branch out in much needed health fields. In these times when the demand for health professionals is high, we need well-rounded and highly competent people who have received an education of both mind and heart, and our new health sciences building and programs will make that possible. I'm so grateful to Dana and Dave Dornsife for their generosity and vision."