Heersink naming gift at UAB now at $100 million

Med school’s namesake donates another $5 million

Exterior of the North Pavilion of UAB Hospital at dusk, April 2020.

Marnix E. Heersink has committed an additional $5 million, adding to the $95 million given to the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine.

The initial $95 million gift, which also named the Marnix E. Heersink Institute of Biomedical Innovation and the Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health, came in 2021.

“The initial Heersink gift has been transformational in expanding our ability to improve and save lives at home and around the world, and this generous additional investment will build on our unprecedented momentum in profound ways,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “The new gift will target a variety of programs for immediate investment, including strategic recruitment efforts, and it will bolster our Research Strategic Initiative – Growth With Purpose, which is establishing a road map to multiply the positive impact our research enterprise has on people and help us reach $1 billion in research expenditures.”

The Heersink naming gift will support the creation of as many as 20 new endowed positions. In the first year of the gift, the Heersink School of Medicine established five Heersink endowed chairs and one Heersink endowed professorship.

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