Jost gives $2 million to Mizzou
The University of Missouri announced Thursday morning a $2 million gift to the College of Engineering from alumnus Jerry L. Jost. The gift will fund the Jerry L. Jost Endowed Chair in Chemical Engineering for faculty members.
“The Jerry L. Jost Endowed Chair represents one of the highest levels of faculty distinction and will support the national caliber teaching and research found here at Mizzou,” said Mun Y. Choi, University of Missouri president. “We recently launched MizzouForward, an ambitious $1.5 billion investment strategy to enhance the university’s research and education missions through support of our faculty and the recruitment of additional talented researchers. Philanthropic support of our research ambitions is so important and appreciated.”
“The university and the chemical engineering department will benefit with the additional research and status of the endowed chair,” Jost said. “The students will benefit directly with the resulting improvement of the student professor ratio. Smaller class size and added elective courses is always a good thing for students.”
Jost graduated from MU in 1970 with a degree in chemical engineering. Fifteen years later, he founded Jost Chemical in St. Louis. The company has expanded to Koscian, Poland, with a second manufacturing location. Jost has also served as Chairman of the Board of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) and is currently Chairman Emeritus as he continues to serve on the AIM Board of Directors.