ST. LOUIS — Annual fundraising at the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbus topped $152 million, but was down $19 million from the record amount raised the previous year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the university announced the latest total Thursday. The budget year ended June 30.

Almost one-third of the current year’s fundraising came from the athletics department, which was a record year for new athletic director Jim Sterk.

The school has been recovering since fall 2015 from student protests over the administration’s handling of racial issues and the subsequent resignations of the system president and chancellor of the Columbia campus. Freshman enrollment subsequently dropped.

But with new leadership, the university is hopeful. Mizzou’s vice chancellor for advancement, Tom Hiles, says that “having stability at the top will be critical.”

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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