Sharon Austin Keister
BA, Zoology, 1961
Quote: “In 2015, Sharon Austin Keister and her husband, Richard Keister, established the Richard F. & Sharon A. Keister Faculty Enhancement Endowment in the College of Arts & Sciences.”
Richard Keister, BA ’61 mathematics, and Sharon Austin Keister, BA ’61 zoology, fondly remember their time at MU. They were both first-generation college students and enjoyed great relationships with faculty and staff. “All the people at MU were very friendly, helpful, and available,” says Richard Keister.
In 2015, the Keisters established the Richard F. & Sharon A. Keister Faculty Enhancement Endowment in the College of Arts & Sciences. Their generous contribution will be divided equally between the Division of Biological Sciences and the Department of Mathematics. They specifically chose to support faculty in each department and intend for their gift to help attract, reward, and promote outstanding faculty. “We want to support faculty because that is really what is going to determine the future of the university and maintain its academic quality,” says Richard Keister.
The Division is fortunate to have generous alumni like the Keisters; their willingness to support faculty will have far-reaching impacts for years to come.