The has announced a $20 million lead gift from the toward construction of a new science building.
When completed in 2018, the $100 million Science Row facility will house various departments and will significantly increase the amount of classroom, lab, and research space on campus.
Founded by the late Gertrude Castellow Ford, the foundation previously contributed $25 million for the 88,000-square-foot on campus and funded the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom in the Inn at Ole Miss and the Suzan Thames Chair of Pediatrics at the .
"Historically, the Ford Foundation has focused its large commitments on enriching the lives of all Mississippians through investments in the arts, medicine, and the human condition in the state of Mississippi," said foundation board member John C. Lewis. "This pledge represents our first major commitment to science and education. Building on our partnership with the University of Mississippi, we hope to be able to provide the students and faculty of the university a state-of-the-art facility that will further the education in the sciences for generations to come."