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Ole Miss to Name Dorm for $5.3 Million Donor Burns

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi will name a recently-constructed dormitory for donors Roland and Sheryl Burns.

The College Board Thursday approved the naming of what’s currently called the University Housing South Building, which opened last fall.

Burns Hall will honor the couple’s lifetime pledges and donations to Ole Miss of more than $5.3 million.

Board documents show the couple recently pledged a $2 million gift to be split evenly between athletics and academics. They earlier endowed an accounting professorship with $1.5 million and gave $1 million for a football team meeting room.

Burns, president and chief financial officer of oil and gas firm Comstock Resources of Frisco, Texas, graduated from Ole Miss in 1982 with bachelor and master’s degrees in accounting.

He’s also brought Ole Miss students to Comstock as interns