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A vision for a better Mizzou

On Nov. 7, 2008, Chancellor Brady Deaton announced that the For All We Call Mizzou campaign had surpassed its $1 billion goal by $300,000. Photo by Shane Epping

The For All We Call Mizzou campaign exceeded its $1 billion goal by $300,000 on Nov. 6, 2008. As a result of the campaign, the University of Missouri has endowed 86 faculty positions and now awards 1,500 more scholarships a year. MU is the first public university in Missouri and one of 20 publics nationwide that have completed billion-dollar campaigns.

“When I first heard of the $1 billion goal, I thought it was ambitious,” says Harry Cornell, BS BA ’50, LLD ’03, chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt Inc. of Carthage, Mo. The hard work of many volunteers and the generosity of alumni and friends made raising it possible. “It’s wonderful,” Cornell continues, “The funds will support students and faculty as well as other activities related to the mission of Missouri’s flagship university."

The Cornell’s most recent pledge of $2 million is one of several gifts that lifted the campaign over the $1 billion mark. The donation will allow the Harry and Ann Cornell Leadership Program in the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business to expand to 130 students a year. 

Other recent major gifts include:

  • Longtime friends of the university, Ira Hubbell, BS EE '56, MS '58, MD '63, and his wife, Gail, BA '61, pledged $1.5 million of their estate to the university.
  • Curtis Benton, BS EE ’66, and his wife, Barbara Kortright Benton, of Bonita Springs, Fla., donated $1 million to the dean’s unrestricted fund in the College of Engineering. Unrestricted gifts to the college allow the dean to address needs and opportunities as they arise. 
  • Robert L. Hawkins Jr., JD ’48, and his wife, Elizabeth Hunter Hawkins, of Jefferson City, Mo., donated $1.1 million to the School of Law. Their gift creates the Robert L. Hawkins Jr./Dale A. Whitman Chair, which is the first faculty chair created at the law school in honor of Whitman, who was a professor at the law school and served as dean from 1982–88. The couple’s gift put the School of Law over its $17 million campaign goal. 
  • Robert “Bud” Weiser, BA ’58, MA ’60, and his wife, Sue, of Mooresville, N.C., have donated $4.6 million of their estate to the university. Seventy-five percent of their gift will benefit the geological sciences department in the College of Arts and Science, equally supporting the department’s faculty and students. The other 25 percent establishes a scholarship for a graduate of Hermann High School in Missouri, Bud’s alma mater.

The campaign concludes Dec. 31, 2008.

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