The late Dr. J. Harold Harrison and his family gave what is believed to be the largest single gift to a public university in the history of public universities in Georgia. With the hopes of attracting and retaining the best and brightest faculty members and medical students to Georgia Regents University, the Medical College of Georgia Foundation accepted the $66 million contribution.
"He was always appreciative of the fact that a country boy could come to a university and get a medical education," said James Osborne, president of the MCG Foundation. In fact, he told me, he wanted to give back to the Medical College of Georgia because it took a country boy and made a doctor out of him."
Dr. Harrison graduated from the medical school in 1948. He's been a donor to the MCG Foundation since the 70s; serving as a chairman and board member. He died last June. Now the fund he is leaving behind will endow faculty chairs and scholarships at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.
Medical students say donations like these play a major role in their college careers.
"It just helps us out long term saving money," said Jordan Paynt. "Knowing my fellow students and how they're coping, you can obviously get by but it's so nice having it."
The board will use the $66 million to establish the J. Harold Harrison, MD Fellows Fund. But that's not the only thing with Dr. Harrison's name on it. Last year the MCG alum donated $10 million dollars to help build the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons Building; breaking ground just months after his death.
Leaving a permanent stamp on the school he loved so much.
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