Our Time to Lead: Campaign Update

Friends, this year is unique because of Dean Tom Payne’s decision to retire after 18 years of exemplary service to CAFNR. I feel it is appropriate for CAFNR alumni to honor him by making a contribution to the CAFNR Dean’s Unrestricted Fund. It will also show our support for the next Vice Chancellor and Dean when he or she takes the helm.

Every year, CAFNR has important financial needs that aren’t anticipated or slated for funding through campus appropriations given other budgeted priorities. Therefore, the Unrestricted Fund was established to provide unencumbered funding, giving the Dean needed financial flexibility at crucial times to preserve and advance our reputation as one of the world’s best colleges of agriculture.  


CAFNR’s experience with the fund has been very positive. Recently this Unrestricted Fund allowed CAFNR to update many of its classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment. This was paramount for keeping up with teaching and learning methods in today’s technology-driven society.

Your investment in the fund allows the College to remain responsive to student, faculty and industry needs while pursuing new initiatives, improving facilities and technology, and continuing to lead agricultural education, as it has for nearly 150 years. 

Please join me and fellow members of the CAFNR Campaign Committee in honoring Dean Tom Payne for his years of service by including the CAFNR Dean’s Unrestricted Fund as a recipient of your year-end contributions.

Thank you,
Chuck Brazeale, BS Ag ‘57
Chair, CAFNR Campaign Committee

Steve Barr, BS Ag ‘72
Susan Barr, BS Ag ‘83
Keith Boyer, BS Ag ‘57
D. Scott Brown, MS Ag Econ ’91, PhD Ag Econ ;94
Travis Brown, BS Ag ’95, AB A&S ’95, MBA ’00 Wash U
Steven Burger, BS BA, BUS ‘84
Darryl Chatman, BS Ag ‘97, MS Ani Sci ’01, MS Ag Econ ’03, MPA ’07 NC State, JD ‘08
Roger Gardner, BS Ag ‘83
Diana Hallett, BA Zoology ’73, MS Nat Res ‘77
Bill Jackson, MS Ag ’67 Purdue
Richard Maltsbarger, BS Ag ’97, MS Ag Econ ‘99
Lowell Miller, Sr., BS Ag ’57. MS Biochem ’58, PhD Biochem ‘60
John Raines, BS Ag ‘88
Joe Roetheli, BS Ag ’70, MS Univ of FL, PhD Ag Econ ‘79
Bob Thompson, BS Ag ‘64
Alan Weber, BS Ag ’91, MS Ag Econ ‘93
Robin Wenneker, BS BUS ’91, MBA ’02 Wash U

Interested in becoming a Monticello Society Annual Member?

Annual Membership in the Monticello Society can be attained through annual gifts to CAFNR of $1,000 or more. You can support CAFNR in many ways, including gifts to honor Vice Chancellor and Dean Tom Payne. We honor our members at a brunch every spring and look forward to inviting new annual members to this fun-filled and informative event! For more information regarding the Monticello Society, please click here

Annual gifts of $2,500 qualify donors for membership in MU’s Columns Society.


What is Columns Society?

As the University of Missouri has forged ahead, the historic Columns on Francis Quadrangle have served as a reminder of our past and an inspiration for our future. With this in mind, the Columns Society recognizes donors who make it a priority to support MU year after year. Any individual or couple giving $2,500 or more to MU in a fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) automatically is eligible for membership. Alumni and friends 35 and under, as well as MU employees, are eligible with annual gifts of $1,500 or more.

The generosity of Columns Society members plays an essential role in ensuring MU’s continued success. Private giving allows Mizzou to:

  • Award scholarships to deserving students
  • Attract excellent teachers
  • Create opportunities to enhance the student experience

By giving back to MU each year, Columns Society members honor the university’s past, present, and future.

To learn more about Columns Society, please click here.