Fairfield, Alabama – Former Auburn standout Charles Barkley, donated $1 million to Miles College on Wednesday.
The Miles College donation is the fourth gift of $1 million given by Barkley to a historically black college or university (HBCU). The NBA Hall-of-Famer has also given a million dollars each to Alabama A&M, Clark University and Morehouse College.
In public remarks, Barkley tied the donation to Miles’ hiring of Bobbie Knight as president last year.
Barkley said in a release, “I’ve gotten to know Bobbie Knight over the last year and it was something I really wanted to do. To have a female president is a big deal. I want to help Bobbie be as successful as she can be.”
“It’s great that Mr. Barkley thinks enough of Miles College to donate a million dollars. This gift lays the foundation to launch our $100 million dollar comprehensive campaign,” said Knight.