Declining tuition revenues (ha!) and the reluctance to refuse such a large donation were important factors in the renaming.
When I checked, I found that several other allopathic and osteopathic medical schools are named after benefactors. The oldest medical school in the country, at the University of Pennsylvania, changed its name to the Perelman School of Medicine in 2011.
Some of the names are at least related to medicine like the Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Dr. Netter was a famous medical illustrator and author. There's also the
Three years ago, I blogged about the increasingly forgettable names being attached to stadiums such as M & T Bank Stadium [aka Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards, PSINet Stadium, Ravens Stadium], O.com Coliseum [aka overstock.com Coliseum, Network Associates Coliseum, McAfee Coliseum, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum], and Sun Life Stadium [aka Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, and my favorite—Land Shark Stadium.]
How much money would it take to get a school to change its name to The Tostitos School of Medicine or Yahoo Medical College?
Taking a cue from all of this, I am willing to sell the naming rights to the Skeptical Scalpel blog for the right offer. Operators are standing by.