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John W. Jackson ’67

It doesn’t quite match up to the G-20’s promised $1.1 trillion in global stimulus spending. But Yale is quite happy with a $50 million gift from John W. Jackson ’67 and his wife, Susan, for a new international institute. Retired CEO of pharmaceutical maker Celgene Corp., Jackson majored in political science, served in the Marines in Vietnam, earned his MBA in France, and worked overseas for Merck & Co. He hopes the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will “inspire students to pursue careers in diplomacy and public service and to become globally engaged leaders in all walks of life.” The institute, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010, will expand enrollment in and financial aid for the undergraduate international relations major. In addition, it will offer courses and career placement for all of Yale’s schools. Says Yale president Richard Levin: “I expect that the Jackson Institute will become the most visible of the many thriving activities of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.”

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