El Dorado oil executive makes $1M donation to Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A Wake Forest University graduate is making a $1 million donation to his alma mater to support an institute designed to explore creative ways to use knowledge to solve real-world problems.

The gift from 2000 graduate Wade Murphy makes him the youngest person in the school's history to make such a large gift.

Murphy is the executive vice president of Marmik Oil in El Dorado, Ark.

The Humanities Institute was launched in October 2010. Its mission is to build partnerships that contribute to the common good. One example of its work is Humanities Matters, a program funding "The Imagination Project: Artists of the Holocaust." It's a collaboration among professors and students that aims to educate audiences about anti-Semitism and promote understanding, tolerance and respect.

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