Former Gov. James Blanchard donates $1M to Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard and his wife have donated $1 million to Michigan State University.

The school announced Thursday the donation from James and Janet Blanchard will be used to create the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service and a related lecture series called the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum.

In a statement, the former Democratic governor says he wants to “inspire future generations of Spartan statesmen in much the same way I was inspired as a young man.”

Blanchard earned a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1964 and a master’s in business administration in 1965 from MSU.

The award, which includes a cash prize, and the lecture series will be administered by the Department of Political Science in the College of Social Science.

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