Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $26 million to Washington State University for School for Global Animal Health.

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Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen is giving $26 million to Washington State University for its School for Global Animal Health.

The university’s Board of Regents voted to accept the gift at its meeting Thursday morning. The gift was scheduled to be formally announced later in the day.

The gift will be the largest the university has received in its 120-year history. It’s a million dollars more than Allen’s old friend and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gave through his charitable foundation in 2008 to build the School for Global Animal Health. The school studies diseases that move from animals to humans.

In appreciation for the gift, the WSU Board of Regents voted to change the name of the school to the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The building also will be named for Allen.

Allen, 57, attended Washington State University for two years before dropping out to take a computer programming job.

In 1996, he donated $3.1 million to build a new high-tech fraternity house for his old fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta, at WSU.

Washington State is a land-grant university located in Pullman, Wash., 75 miles south of Spokane, and has about 20,000 students on the main campus.