Condominium donated to MU athletics department

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Bruce Mills, a former basketball, baseball, and football player at MU, is donating a condominium to the university's athletics department.

Mills, who is the founder and CEO of Mills Properties, and Hank Pieper, the company’s executive vice president, both graduated from MU and decided to donate the condominium at Boulder Springs of Columbia, south of the university off of Providence Road.

“Giving back to the university and the athletic department has always been a goal of mine. The years spent at the University of Missouri were very influential in my life. My friendships and business relationships that emerged from MU have been extremely important to my success.” Mills said in a press release.

Mills, who was a starter on the Missouri basketball team during the 1961-1962 season, also played on the Tigers' baseball team that year. He joined the football team under head coach Don Devine but was sidelined when he broke his leg before the beginning of the 1962 season.

The two bedroom, two bathroom condominium will serve as a resource for the athletic department when new coaches or visitors come to Columbia.

“It’s for directors, or coaches, or people who the athletic department would bring in who would need an interim place to stay,” Jenny Sprague, a Mills Properties agent, said. “It’s not like hotel-type use, but more for temporary housing. It could also be used for meetings if they don’t want to do it at the basketball arena or stadium.”

The athletic department also added that the condominium may be used to serve the needs of the university as a whole.

“It can also potentially house other visiting dignitaries, either athletically related, or even related to campus administration,” said Chad Moller, the assistant athletic director of media relations.

The official donation will take place on Thursday, when Mike Alden and other representatives from the athletic department attend a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at Boulder Springs.

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