Doctor gives Bakersfield College record $14M donation

Doctor gives Bakersfield College record $14M donation
Dr. Norman Levan smiles during a press conference Thursday at which his nearly $14 million donation to Bakersfield College was announced.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College has received the largest donation in U.S. community college history.

Dr. Norman Levan has donated nearly $14 million to the school, adding to the $5.7 million he donated in 2006 to form the Levan Institute for Lifelong Learning.

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The donation announced formally Thursday — it was announced without details Tuesday — breaks the record $10 million that Eli and Edyth Broad gave Santa Monica City College in 2008, according to the Bakersfield College Foundation.

Levan, 95, is professor emeritus and former chief of dermatology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1939, according to BC. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, established the Hansen's Disease Clinic for leprosy at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in 1962, and still treats patients in his Bakersfield medical practice.

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"Bakersfield College is an excellent school and one of the pearls of the Central Valley," Levan said in a news release. "It is deserving of support for that reason. Bakersfield College students leave stronger for their educational and career futures."