University of Central Missouri alum Frank "Chip" Deel, a member of the class of 1973, has made a sizable trust estate gift to the University currently valued at $15 million dollars. The gift commitment is the largest in the University's history.

According to UCM Deel credits his professors, especially Joseph Dolecki, for teaching him how to run a successful business. Deel was an economics major at the then known Central Missouri State University, and then started Superior Trailer Sales 35 years ago. He sold the company in the spring of 2018.

Deel credits mentors like Dolecki and diving coach Tom Hairabedian as inspiration to make the gift to the University of Central Missouri. Deel says:

Central Missouri State was just a real positive experience. Student government, sports, everything I did. I had a ball there; it’s just a wonderful school with wonderful kids.

 

I wanted to give it to a place where it will do the most good. Where I grew up and had a lot of great experiences.

UCM says the spirit of philanthropy has been at the heart of the university since it's founding in 1871, when a local citizen donated sixteen acres for the original campus. The University says generous donations from alumni and friends support scholarships, faculty research, innovative programs and facilities that enrich the student experience.

Deel also contributes to the University in ways that can help UCM students today. He recently made a $10,000 to the unrestricted Central Annual Fund and a donation to the student hardship fund, which is helping students facing financial challenges due to COVID-19.