The University of Mississippi

Jim & Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation

The University of Mississippi’s ambitious initiative to construct one of the nation’s leading student-centered learning environments for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is underway.  “There is a critical need to increase the number of graduates in STEM fields to support growth and innovation in our state, region and nation, and strengthen the pipeline for training engineers, tech entrepreneurs, and science and math teachers,” Chancellor Glenn Boyce said.

Business leaders and brothers Jim and Thomas Duff of Hattiesburg, Mississippi made a $26 million gift directed to the construction of the STEM building, and the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi, committed $25 million. With a $175 million total project budget, the 202,000-square-foot building will be the largest single construction project in Oxford campus history. Other private support is being sought, with interior naming opportunities available. Funding also will come from federal, state, and university sources.

“We are deeply grateful to the Duff brothers for this significant investment in our vision to produce graduates who fulfill critical needs, improve STEM teaching in our education systems and contribute as scientifically aware citizens in our society,” Boyce said.

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Charlotte Parks

Vice Chancellor for Development

(662) 915-3120

Nikki Neely Davis

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development

(662) 915-6678