YAKIMA -- Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences went from renter to owner of its student center last week when John Cadwell and his wife, Priscilla, officially donated the Cadwell Student Center.
PNWU's College of Osteopathic Medicine in Terrace Heights trains medical students to be primary care physicians, aiming to provide more family doctors to communities in Eastern Washington.
The Cadwells, who founded and run Cadwell Laboratories in Kennewick, have been major supporters of the school since they first toured it with their daughter, Marie Cadwell Meyer, in 2008. She will be a member of the first graduating class in May.
The Cadwells built the Cadwell Student Center with a $2 million donation a year and a half ago, and it opened for student use last January.
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From the beginning, the university had been leasing the building from the couple at "very favorable rates," said interim PNWU president Dr. Lloyd Butler.
The donation was in anticipation of the medical college's desire to increase the class size from the 75-student enrollment.
In order to satisfy accreditation requirements, the school needed to provide more student space.