Members of the McQueary family this morning issued a naming-level donation to Missouri State University.
The gift — the quantity of which was not disclosed — is prompting MSU to rename its College of Health and Human Services after the McQuearys, according to a news release.
“This transformational gift will allow the McQueary College of Health and Human Services to grow to better meet demand for skilled health care employees in southwest Missouri,” said Helen Reid, dean of the renamed college, in the release.
The donation expands upon previous contributions to MSU by the McQueary family. In 2011, a donation from the family funded the expansion of the former Physical Therapy Building, which was renamed the McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
Today’s announcement was made during a ceremony at the 606 E. Cherry St. hall, which is home to MSU’s department of physical therapy and the master of public health program.
The latest donation funds the addition of a lecture room and classroom at the McQueary Family Health Sciences Hall, as well as student scholarships and faculty support, according to the release.
The McQueary College of Health and Human Services offers 17 undergraduate and 21 graduate and certificate programs in areas including biomedical sciences, nursing, kinesiology and psychology.
“Members of the McQueary family have been friends of Missouri State University for many years,” MSU President Clif Smart said in the release. “Many members of the family have also been members and leaders of university boards and committees. We’re grateful for their long-term support of Missouri State.”
Past McQueary family donations to MSU include funding for the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Greenwood Laboratory School and Tent Theatre.
The McQuearys started a Springfield-based drugstore in the early 1900s that became McQueary Brothers Drug Co. in 1924, according to the release.
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