UM Names Senior Director of Gift Planning

Byron Liles works to assist individuals with estate, financial goals

OXFORD, Miss. – As the new senior director of gift planning for University Development, Byron Liles hopes to use his expertise and passion to help alumni and friends expand their legacies at the University of Mississippi. “I’m excited to build partnerships on and off campus and to be an advocate for the life-changing opportunities thatRead the story …

Parker Lifeshare Foundation Gift Supports Special Education

School of Education creating program to equip students to teach autistic children

OXFORD, Miss. – With the help of a $470,000 gift from Parker Lifeshare Foundation of Jackson, the University of Mississippi School of Education is designing a program to address the specialized needs of children across the autism spectrum and prepare education professionals who will teach them. According to the 2018 Mississippi Autism Advisory Committee Report,Read the story …

Gift Honors Ole Miss Football Great, Restaurateur

Doug Cunningham's wife sets up scholarship in tribute to his life

OXFORD, Miss. – The late college and pro football player Doug Cunningham enjoyed a life defined by great affection for his family and friends, the University of Mississippi and his two restaurants. But there was something else – the great value he placed on education – and that has inspired a scholarship in his name.Read the story …

Estate Gift Honors Family and Friends

Wilsons' planned contribution designed to benefit teaching in UM Honors College

OXFORD, Miss. – Ron and Jody Wilson, of Oxford, want their planned gift to help generate more University of Mississippi courses that will engage and challenge students for generations to come. The Wilsons recently included Ole Miss in their estate plans, offering the university their home as a way to pay tribute to their lateRead the story …

Pharmacy School Gets a Boost from Former Arkansas Legislator

Malones' major gift to help pharmacy students attain degree

OXFORD, Miss. – A new scholarship endowment at the University of Mississippi is poised to support students from impoverished areas who dream of becoming pharmacists. With a $100,000 gift to the UM School of Pharmacy, Arkansas state Sen. Percy Malone and his wife, Donna, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, created the AllCare Pharmacy Scholarship Endowment. Recipients willRead the story …

Endowments Expand Mike Overstreet’s Legacy at UM

Major gift strengthens eight areas of Ole Miss important to family

OXFORD, Miss. – Helen Graeber Overstreet knew how her late husband, Mike Overstreet, felt about the University of Mississippi. When she was ready to expand his legacy, she turned to their alma mater to establish six endowments that will impact the university for generations to come. “I knew where his heart was, and I knewRead the story …

Friends Establish Scholarship to Honor Women’s Council President

Surprise gift pays tribute to Mary Susan Gallien-Clinton, will benefit students for generations

OXFORD, Miss. – Christmas came early for Mary Susan Gallien-Clinton, chair of the Ole Miss Women’s Council for Philanthropy. Friends of the Naples, Florida, resident surprised her with a scholarship endowment in her name. The donors asked to remain anonymous. “While the revered scholarship may bear my name, this generous family has afforded tremendous opportunitiesRead the story …

UM Foundation Receives Beauty Award

Brandt Memory House landscape recognized by local organizations

OXFORD, Miss. – The Oxford Garden Club and the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce have presented the 2018 Oxford Business Landscape Award to the University of Mississippi Foundation. The UM Foundation is headquartered in the historic and stately Brandt Memory House near the northern edge of the Ole Miss campus. An antebellum home inhabited byRead the story …

Alumna Creates Scholarship, Commits to Mentoring Students

Tupelo native honors her roots through new Women's Council scholarship

OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi has always owned a piece of Margaret Pryor Barker’s heart, inspiring her to give back to a place and a university that have given her so much. The 1990 graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration has made a generous gift to establish an Ole Miss Women’s CouncilRead the story …

Celebrating the Arts Sets Big Goal for Ford Center

Campaign launches to build endowment for performing arts

OXFORD, Miss. – Adding $1.5 million in endowment for the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi is the goal of the Celebrating the Arts campaign, which will increase the total endowment to $3 million. Mississippi native and UM alumnus Gerald McRaney serves as the celebrity spokesperson. “It’s importantRead the story …