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Gift makes KU museum's director endowed position

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art says its director is now an endowed position, thanks to a recent contribution from longtime employee.

Museum officials say the gift from Marilyn Stokstad will enable it to retain its current director and attract a well-qualified director in the future.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1eMQm88 ) that Stoksdad began working at the museum in 1958 and was director from 1961 to 1968. She declined to release the amount of the gift.

Stoksdad, who retired in 2000 but continues to be a part of the museum, wrote "Art History," which is used by universities across the world to teach the subject.

Current museum director Saralyn Reece Hardy says having an endowed directorship puts Kansas among an elite group of university art museums.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com