Annual Mizzou fundraising totaled $152 million

The Columns and Jesse Hall, University of Missouri - Columbia
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Annual fundraising at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia topped $152 million. That was down $19 million from the record amount raised the previous year.

The university announced the latest total Thursday. The budget year ended June 30.

Almost one-third of the current year's fundraising came from the athletics department, which was a record year for new athletic director Jim Sterk.

The school has been recovering since fall 2015 from student protests over the administration's handling of racial issues and the subsequent resignations of the system president and chancellor of the Columbia campus. Freshman enrollment subsequently dropped.

With new leadership, the university is hopeful that enrollment will increase. Mizzou's vice chancellor for advancement, Tom Hiles, says "having stability at the top will be critical."

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