UMKC School of Education receives largest individual gift commitment in school’s history

Donors committed to students’ reading education

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education (SOE) has announced receipt of an estate gift commitment valued at approximately $1 million from Dr. Warren H. Wheelock, Professor Emeritus, and his wife, Dr. Connie J. Campbell, School of Education alumna. The gift will fund the Dr. Warren Wheelock Scholarship in Reading Education, providing scholarships for students studying reading in the SOE.

The Scholarship was established in 1995 by Kathleen and Robert B. Rogers, past president of the Kauffman Foundation, to honor Dr. Wheelock and his contributions to education.

“With this commitment, Drs. Wheelock and Campbell have ensured the longevity of a scholarship that will prepare the next generation of reading teachers,” said Leo E. Morton, UMKC Chancellor. “I thank them for their foresight and dedication to UMKC and the School of Education.”

Wheelock – former professor of education and director of the Reading Clinic in the Language and Literacy Group – served the University and its students for approximately 40 years. Campbell has devoted her career to education – having served as president of The Learning Exchange and the Founding CEO of Experiencia, Inc. Currently, she is president of CW Interventions.

“Professor Emeritus Wheelock and Dr. Campbell have both made significant contributions to the field of education during their distinguished careers,” said Wanda Blanchett, Dean of the UMKC School of Education. “They have positively impacted many students, teachers and schools. This gift continues their legacy of serving others.”

About UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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