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Longtime Kansas professor’s estate donates $1.1 million

Associated Press - March 12, 2017 7:49 am

Faculty and staff at the University of Kansas reported declining morale because of concerns about salary, lack of support, increased workload and the state government's increasing role in running the university, according to a "climate" survey taken on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses last fall.

The estate of a longtime University of Kansas art history professor has donated another $1.1 million to the university.

The gift announced Thursday brings the total donations from Marilyn Stokstad’s estate to the university to more than $2.3 million.

Stokstad was a professor of art history, author and former museum director. She died in March 2016 at age 87.

The Lawrence Journal-World reportsĀ  the new gift will go toward acquiring art history books, improvements and maintenance at the Spencer Museum, and publishing scholarly exhibition catalogues.

It also will support the Marilyn Stokstad Directorship at the Spencer Museum. She endowed the directorship in 2012.

Stokstad joined the Kansas faculty in 1958 and retired in 2002.

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