NEW ORLEANS (AP) " Tulane University says it broke its previous fundraising record with more than $150 million donated during its 2017-2018 fiscal year.

In a Tuesday news release the private New Orleans university said it received gifts from 25,000 donors, including nearly 6,000 first-time donors.

Among the major donations: $25 million from the family of Dr. John Winton Deming to name the John W. Deming Department of Medicine; and a $10 million gift from Tulane alumni Steven and Jann Paul to build the Steven and Jann Paul Hall for Science and Engineering. There also was an anonymous lead gift and other donations to begin construction on a $55 million building to be called The Commons, which will include a new dining hall and meeting spaces.