The University of Missouri–St. Louis announced today a $500,000 gift from the Ameren Corporation to benefit the construction of a College of Business Administration building.

This new building will streamline all current business school operations, offering students and faculty a centralized place to collaborate, interact and share ideas within their specific disciplines. It will feature cutting edge classrooms, modern computer laboratories, faculty offices, seminar and conference rooms and student organization suites.

“The University of Missouri–St. Louis provides its students with a tremendous education,” said Warner L. Baxter, AmerenUE president and chief executive officer. “In addition, UMSL plays a critical role in educating our community’s future work force and leaders. We are proud of our association with such a fine educational institution.”

UMSL’s Gateway for Greatness Campaign seeks to raise $25 million in gifts and pledges for the college – $15 million to be used for the construction of the building and $10 million to fund endowed professorships and scholarships.

“This gift will help ensure that UMSL continues to provide St. Louis with innovative, award-winning academic programming and diverse alumni who assume leadership roles in companies and organizations large and small,” said UMSL Chancellor Tom George. “Ameren’s gift shows they recognize and support the unique role UMSL plays in educating St. Louis. We have more alumni living and working in this region than any other university.”

UMSL’s College of Business Administration was established in 1967 and offers bachelor’s degrees in accounting, management information systems and business administration. Students may choose from five emphasis areas: finance; international business; logistics and operations management; management and organizational behavior; and marketing.

UMSL is a public metropolitan research university, providing excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities to a diverse student body through outstanding faculty, ranked programs, innovative research and community partnerships.

With assets of $24 billion, Ameren serves 2.4 million electric customers and 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton