Murray State College Foundation Receives Land Gift from Ardmore’s Fred Chapman, Jr.
The Murray State College Foundation has received a land gift of over 130 acres in Tishomingo, Okla. from Fred Chapman, Jr. of Ardmore, Okla. Murray State College will use the land to house livestock and facilitate operations on its campus farm.
On Tuesday, October 19, 2016, Murray State College President Joy McDaniel and Executive Director of the MSC Foundation Malynda Cobb met with Chapman and family members in Ardmore to officially accept the land gift.
“The Chapman family has been a great friend to Murray State College, and today’s gift is another fine example of the generosity of Fred Chapman, Jr., his children and his father before him. We couldn’t be more appreciative of their continued support,” McDaniel said.
The land, with an appraised value of approximately $313,000, also includes water rights that could benefit the college and its agriculture programs.
“Fred Chapman, Jr. has given us an extremely valuable gift of land that will be used to enhance opportunities for our students every single day. This is a family who believes in giving back, and we are so thankful that students at Murray State College are the beneficiaries of their dedication to and belief in the value of education for students in rural Oklahoma,” Cobb said.
In presenting the land gift, Fred Chapman, Jr. and his family expressed their commitment to creating and preserving a legacy of learning that began with patriarch Fred Chapman, Sr.
“Our family has been involved in agriculture for 100 year in the Johnston County area, and we believe agriculture is the most important sustaining education in our area,” Chapman said.
“Fred Chapman, Sr. believed that Murray State College was a great resource for students, and we feel it is so important to keep our next generations educated and learning,” Chapman said.
Murray State College continues to offer students opportunities for education in all areas of agriculture, including options in agriculture communication, education, animal science, biochemistry and molecular biology, environmental science, leadership and plant and soil science.