Mississippi State University is going public with a $600 million fundraising effort for academics and athletics.
Jerry Gilbert, MSU provost and executive vice president, says in a news release that the school quietly started the fundraising effort in 2010 and has raised nearly $345 million so far.
Gilbert says money raised will go toward MSU's eight academic colleges, its libraries, its athletic programs, the Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College and its campus in Meridian.
Gilbert says the effort offers a wide spectrum of needs and a wide spectrum of areas that people may donate money to support.
The fundraising effort also will go for scholarships to endowed faculty positions, a new engineer and science facility and future projects with athletics along with campus enhancements.