The University of Missouri has announced a $10 million gift from the Kinder Foundation in support of new undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and the College of Arts and Science.
The gift will support the development of two new degrees — a bachelor of arts in constitutional democracy and a master of arts in Atlantic history and politics. The former will focus on the history, theory, and practice of constitutional democracy, while the latter will explore the history of the United States in relation to the wider Atlantic world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. The gift also will support the Kinder Institute Residential College, which is designed for students pursuing the new bachelor's degree, as well as research and study abroad opportunities at Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford.
The Kinder Institute was created in 2015 with a $25 million gift from the Kinder Foundation. A native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Rich Kinder earned his bachelor's ('66) and law ('68) degrees from MU and now serves as chair and CEO of energy company Kinder Morgan.
"The degree offerings supported by this transformative gift allow students interested in the grand challenges of constitutional democracy throughout the United States and around the world to expand their learning opportunities far beyond the classroom," said MU chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright. "I am grateful to Rich and Nancy [Kinder] for their longstanding support of academic excellence. Their support in creating and supporting the Kinder Institute has undoubtedly established the University of Missouri as a global leader in the study of constitutional democracy."