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Walter Wills' Gift Benefits Agriculture Students

September 22, 2009

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Dr. Walter J. Wills, professor emeritus of agricultural economics, bequeathed over $1 million to the College of Agricultural Sciences.The gift will support various areas within the College and endow scholarships in such areas as animal science, plant and soil science, agriculture mechanization, and agribusiness economics. Dr. Wills was hired in 1956, just one year after the University established its "College of Agriculture." He chaired the agricultural industries department for 15 years and served at the University for 27 years until his retirement in 1983. Dr. Wills' gift will provide educational opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to attend or afford college. His generosity will impact the lives of agriculture students in perpetuity. Read below to learn more about Dr. Wills and his support for the College of Agricultural Sciences.