The has announced a $25 million gift from the to advance teaching and scholarship related to American constitutional and democratic principles, history, and traditions.
The gift from the foundation co-founded by MU alumnus Richard D. Kinder will create an endowment for the , formerly the Kinder Forum, which was created in 2014 with a $1.67 million gift from the Kinder Foundation to the . In addition to funding postdoctoral fellowships, research and travel grants, curriculum development, and the Kinder Scholars Program, which includes a summer internship in Washington, D.C., the institute will offer an interdisciplinary minor in American constitutional democracy.
Through their Houston-based foundation, Kinder and his wife, Nancy, who signed the in 2011, have supported the Nau Texas Cultural Heritage Center and the at .
"Future generations should have the opportunity to study and understand the history and importance of how our country and government system was created," said Kinder, co-founder and executive chair of energy company Kinder Morgan. "I am confident this gift will create a world-class institute that will focus on constitutional democracy and what makes America the greatest nation on earth."