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USANA Founder Creates Fund for North Central College.

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USANA Health Sciences Inc. and North Central College, in Naperville, Ill., put out the following news:

Dr. Myron W. Wentz, founder and chairman of USANA Health Sciences, an international manufacturer and distributor of nutritional and health products, has created the Myron Wentz Fund at North Central College with an initial contribution of $3 million. The fund will be ongoing -- Wentz anticipates "growing it" with future gifts -- and it is intended to challenge alumni and friends to sustain the momentum of the college's capital fundraising campaign. A 1963 graduate, Wentz timed his gift to coincide with his 40th reunion during North Central's homecoming activities on Oct. 17-19, where he will be honored with an outstanding alumni award.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to give back to this school that has meant so much to me," said Wentz. "As the college nears its 150th anniversary, I hope that others who are similarly privileged will join in the effort to take the college's facilities and programs -- and the Naperville community -- to a new level."

"When Dr. Wentz called from Europe to tell me about his intended gifting -- and his hopes and dreams for North Central's future -- it took my breath away," stated North Central President Harold R. Wilde. "His gratitude to his alma mater for the impact it has had on his life was overwhelming."

Wentz, a native of North Dakota, with a Ph.D. in microbiology (with a specialty in immunology) from the University of Utah, is both a distinguished scientist and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of three enterprises: USANA Health Sciences (Salt Lake City), which manufactures and distributes nutritional and health products sold worldwide; Gull Laboratories (Salt Lake City), which, beginning in the 1970s, achieved international prominence by developing more than 30 assays for infectious diseases; and Sanoviv Medical Institute, a state-of-the-art treatment and research facility in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The passionate concern that drives all of Wentz's research and the enterprises he has founded is the promotion of healthy human cell development and minimization of the harmful effects of toxic substances in our environment on human cells.

North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences located in the historic district of the city of Naperville, some 30 miles west of Chicago. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has 2,500 students, including 1,800 full-time undergraduates and nearly 700 part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1861, North Central is recognized as one of America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Peterson's Competitive Colleges.
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