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Red Letter Day

Alumnus donates to College of Arts and Science to help attract and retain quality faculty.

Mark Wilkins gift to Mizzou

Mark Wilkins, right, credits his Mizzou professors and mentors with teaching him how to think. His $1 million gift will help the College of Arts and Science recruit and retain more great faculty. Photo by Rob Hill.

Mark Wilkins’ first paper at MU came back covered “in a sea of red ink.”

It was the start of a wonderful experience.

[My professors] taught me how to write, how to think,” says Wilkins, BA ’90.

As a thank you, on March 13, 2015, he donated $100,000 and made an estate pledge for an additional $900,000 to create the Mark A. Wilkins Fund for Excellence in the College of Arts and Science, to help the college attract and retain quality faculty.

Other recent gifts to MU include:

$10 million from Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, of Westphalia, Missouri, announced April 10, to support the School of Music’s new building as part of the Fine Arts Building renovation

$1 million estate pledge by Suzanne Burgoyne of Columbia, announced March 9, to establish the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Theatre

$1 million pledged by the MU student organization MizzouThon, announced Feb. 12, to support the renovation and expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in MU Health Care’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital