The Texas A&M University – Kingsville Foundation has announced a $19.5 million bequest from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous in support of the university's King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.
The largest gift in the nearly hundred-year history of Texas A&M University – Kingsville includes more than seventy-eight hundred acres of Texas ranchland valued at $16 million and a $3.5 million cash gift. The planned gift will provide students pursuing a master's degree at KRIRM with opportunities to conduct real-world case studies in the areas of land and animal management, including brush control, grazing management, livestock management, wildlife management, and marketing. The cash portion of the gift will be used to create an endowment in support of the management of the ranch, as well as teaching, applied research, and outreach to the ranching industry.
A portion of the gift also will support the Veterinary Technology program and provide scholarships for veterinary students. With the commitment, the university has raised $94.6 million toward its $100 million campaign goal.
"Through this donor's immense generosity, our students, faculty, and researchers will be able to expand the work to which they are committed, managing our nation's range and wildlife and preserving our rich ranching tradition," said Texas A&M University – Kingsville president Mark A. Hussey. "A historic gift of this nature reflects a tremendous vision and spirit of philanthropy and we are incredibly grateful."
(Photo credit: King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management)