Nichols Family, Foundation Pledge Total of $1.25 Million to UMKC

Gifts continue long history of support for UMKC Miller Nichols Library and educational mission


Apr. 12, 2012

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and the UMKC Foundation are pleased to announce a total of $1.25 million in gifts from the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and from Jeannette Nichols.

The gifts were announced today at the groundbreaking for the new Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center.

The gift of $1 million from the foundation was presented by Kay Callison, Miller Nichols' daughter and president of the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation. The gift of $250,000 was presented by Jeannette Nichols. These gifts will be used to renovate the third and fourth floors of the Miller Nichols Library.

"My father would be gratified to know that the Miller Nichols Library is still vitally important to the UMKC campus and scholarly researchers everywhere," Callison said. "From the first Nichols venture into building planned neighborhoods, we have been mindful of the vital role that education plays in the establishment and expansion of healthy communities. That's why we support UMKC, Kansas City's university, because it has for many years been a strong partner for neighborhoods and for our city. I know that the people of Kansas City continue to see UMKC as a vital asset, and will support the campus and the Miller Nichols Library for the benefit of generations to come."

Jeannette Nichols also attended the groundbreaking ceremony, where UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton announced her gift.

"For generations, the Nichols family has supported UMKC in many ways," Morton said. "In recognition of this gift, the main auditorium in the new learning center will be known as the Jeannette Nichols Forum. Thank you, Jeannette, for your generous support of our educational mission."

The announcements came at the groundbreaking for a new classroom building that will connect to the existing Miller Nichols Library. The $18 million project also will include a new south-facing entrance foyer for both the new building and the existing library. The building will add 950 new classroom seats to the university.

UMKC and the UMKC Foundation are grateful to the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and to Jeannette Nichols for their ongoing support of the university and the community it serves.