LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming received a record $56 million in private giving in the fiscal year ending on June 30.

The total eclipsed UW's previous record of $43.1 million in contributions in 2011 and is the first time in UW's history that private philanthropy has surpassed the $50 million mark.

UW says it received contributions from 25,245 donors.

The largest gifts it received last year were $10 million from Marian Rochelle and $6 million from Mick and Susie McMurry for construction of a state-of-the-art welcome center.

The Rochelle Gateway Center will be the single largest campus facility to be built with private donations.

The energy industry also continues to support UW's energy research and facilities. The Hess Corp. gave $4.4 million, and ExxonMobil $2.5 million.

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