Welcome from Tom Hiles

Thank you for your interest in supporting the University of Missouri. With an overall fundraising goal of $1.3 billion, the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign will secure our status among the nation’s elite public universities by focusing on three priorities:

  • Endowment — Building our endowment to compete with other institutions will strengthen our ability to attract and retain stellar students and faculty.

  • Signature Centers and Institutes — Interdisciplinary centers and institutes will be the engine of research growth that will attract additional funding and enhance our standing within the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

  • Campus Renaissance — New and renovated facilities will propel Mizzou to global leadership in education and research.

Mizzou is both a land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. We are one of only 34 public universities to be selected for membership in the AAU. Our student-athletes play in the SEC, the most competitive conference in collegiate athletics. Our alumni go on to change the world as CEOs, entrepreneurs, lawmakers, doctors, nurses, lawyers and other professionals.

With these strengths in our favor, there is simply no reason why Mizzou should take a backseat to anyone. The Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign will build on our foundation of excellence to establish Mizzou as a destination university for the world’s best students and faculty.

We have created these web pages to help you better understand and communicate the purpose of the campaign. I invite you to learn more about our priorities and read stories of how donor support makes a real-world impact on our campus (and beyond) every day. The Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign will be successful because of the support of generous alumni and friends like you.

For Mizzou,

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Tom Hiles
Vice Chancellor for Advancement