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July 14, 2017ST. LOUIS, Mo. |  By: AP

University of Missouri-Columbia raises $152 million

Annual fundraising at the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia topped $152 million, but was down $19 million from the record amount raised the previous year. Missouri university officials announced the latest total Thursday. The budget year ended June 30.

Almost one-third of the current year's fundraising came from the athletics department, which was a record year for new athletic director Jim Sterk.

The school has been recovering since fall 2015 from student protests over the administration's handling of racial issues and the subsequent resignations of the system president and chancellor of the Columbia campus. Freshman enrollment subsequently dropped.

But with new leadership, the university is hopeful. Mizzou's vice chancellor for advancement Tom Hiles says that "having stability at the top will be critical.''