Donor gives $1 million to MU for Arts & Science improvements

2 years 2 weeks 1 day ago March 13, 2015 Mar 13, 2015 Friday, March 13 2015 Friday, March 13, 2015 10:32:00 AM CDT in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri said Friday an alumnus of the university and Merrill Lynch wealth adviser donated $1 million to the school for faculty enhancement.

Mark A. Wilkins' donation will create the Mark A. Wilkins Fund for Excellence in the College and Arts and Science. The university said that money will allow it to recruit and retain "prominent faculty." Wilkins said he wants students to have the same kind of access to quality instructors as he did. 

Wilkins said, "During my time at Mizzou, I enjoyed tremendous faculty who taught me how to think and how to be better. I want all MU students to experience that during their education at Mizzou."

The university said the funds could go toward funding faculty salary stipends, staff support, teaching materials and research and travel expenses for educational projects.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said, "gifts like this one are vital to the mission of this university. Mr. Wilkins' gift will go a long way toward elevating the university among our peers."

Wilkins graduated from MU in 1990 with a degree in political science. He served as a cadet battalion commander in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps during his time at the school and served in the U.S. Army after graduation. He is an active member of the MU College of Arts and Science Strategic Development Board.

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