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MTSU Gets $10 Million Gift

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MTSU alumnus Andrew Woodfin "Woody" Miller (B.S. '66), left, greets President Sidney A. McPhee at the University's Philanthropy Luncheon in the James Union Building April 13.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University says an alumnus has donated $10 million to the school's Centennial fundraising campaign — the largest gift from an alumnus in the school's history.

The announcement of the gift by Nashville entrepreneur Woody Miller is part of MTSU's public launch of its $80 million Centennial Campaign. The campaign has been in a "quiet phase" since before the University observed its 100th anniversary last Sept. 11. Miller's gift has helped boost the campaign's early commitments to nearly $54 million.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee says that reduced state funding makes gifts like Miller's more important than ever to the public university.

He says the gift will go a long way toward raising the school's visibility both nationally and internationally.