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Ambassador Blanchard donates $1 million to Michigan State University

Former Michigan governor, U.S. congressman and ambassador to Canada James J. Blanchard and his wife, Janet, have donated $1 million to Michigan State University to create the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service and a related lecture series called the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum.

“The overarching goal of this gift is to inspire future generations of Spartan statesmen in much the same way I was inspired as a young man in Ferndale and at MSU. So were many of my fellow Spartans,” Blanchard said. “The award and forum will honor those who have distinguished themselves in politics, diplomacy, public service and journalism, and it will give students and the larger community a chance to meet them and be energized by them.”

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Date Posted

Sep 10, 2015