Grace C. Bibb was a luminary in the interactive training of teachers, and the first woman to hold a dean’s position at the University of Missouri from 1878 – 1883.

The Grace Bibb Society recognizes friends of the College of Education & Human Development for their active participation
and philanthropy.

Through outstanding engagement, inclusion, research, and innovation, the College plays an active role in solving today’s complex problems. The Grace Bibb Society encourages private participation in support of the College’s vision for educating Missouri, our nation, and our world.

The enduring generosity of Society members ensures the College of Education & Human Development continues as a nationally recognized leader in the radiant spirit of Grace Bibb.


As the College of Education & Human Development’s premier leadership recognition group, the Grace Bibb Society celebrates a distinguished circle of donors whose generosity has made a transformative difference on the College.

Loyalty Annual Member

Our Loyalty Annual Membership recognizes donors whose annual investments strengthen the College and enrich the experiences of our students and faculty. Annual giving is instrumental in fueling our programs. We rely increasingly on our loyal donors’ commitment to preserve and enhance the College’s excellence through their ongoing, annual gifts of one thousand dollars* or greater.

Lifetime Legacy Member

Our Lifetime Legacy Membership consists of six recognition levels, honoring increasing degrees of philanthropic leadership. Membership is based on lifetime, cumulative giving to any area within the College of Education & Human Development from generous alumni and friends. Gifts of cash, pledges, or testamentary gifts are all counted toward cumulative giving, which determines your Lifetime Legacy Member level.

Membership Level  Total Contributions*
Lifetime Legacy Member$50,000
Distinguished Fellow$200,000
Very Distinguished Fellow$500,000
Ambassador   $2,000,000

*All amounts are halved for MU benefit-eligible employees.

Pledges may be made for up to a 5-year period. Testamentary gifts signify the donor’s intention to make a gift to the school by means of a bequest, a life insurance policy, or another type of deferred gift, will come to the College of Education & Human Development in the future. Irrevocable trusts also qualify as an outright gift or pledge.

Give Now

Members of the Grace Bibb Society join an elite circle of key partners who are united in their support of preserving and strengthening the College’s legacy of academic excellence. Initiatives our members have funded include student scholarships, recruiting star faculty, and facilitating groundbreaking research.

  • Donor wall recognition in Hill Hall next to the Dean’s Office.
  • Insider updates on behalf of the Dean.
  • Dual membership in the University’s Jefferson Club (Lifetime Legacy Members).
  • Highlighted at College events or in printed materials.