Drury University receives $1 million gift from alumnus Bob Barker
Drury University alumnus Bob Barker has given another significant gift to bolster the school’s Animal Studies Program.
Barker, who graduated from Drury College in 1947 and went on to a long and successful career in broadcast television, has given a $1 million gift to the university to support the program in two ways:
A $600,000 gift to create the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Scholarship Fund. The purpose is to provide scholarships to students pursuing a minor or credential in Animal Studies at Drury. A $400,000 gift to create the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Internship Fund. The purpose is to provide funding for experiential learning grants for students pursuing a minor or credential in Animal Studies at Drury.
With this gift, Barker has generously donated a total of $3.1 million to his alma mater since 2008 to establish and support the interdisciplinary Animal Studies Program – one of the first such programs at the undergraduate level in the United States. Drury’s program is entirely funded by Barker’s gifts. Barker’s generous contributions have also established the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights, currently held by Dr. Patricia McEachern.
“The scholarships and internships Bob Barker has established by this very generous gift will change the lives of our students immeasurably, and they will improve the lives of animals,” McEachern says. “I am so grateful.”
“Drury is honored and thankful to receive this gift from Mr. Barker,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “We are fortunate to be able to help make real Bob’s passion for animals. Drury University is able to place bright young minds into this important field thanks to his support. Gifts such as these have a ripple effect – on the lives of our graduates, and the world around them.”