Alumnus helps solidify strength of construction management minor
Sherman Honeycutt has made a career out of construction management. And now he’s paying his love of the industry forward as MU Civil and Environmental Engineering reintroduces its construction management minor.
Honeycutt earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1974. He went on to become president at Design & Construction Management Services, Inc. in the, San Francisco Bay Area.
Construction management was a flourishing area of study during Honeycutt’s time at MU, and he is glad it’s making a comeback. So much so, in fact, that Honeycutt has made several generous contributions to help ensure the minor’s success after contributing to scholarship funds in the past.
“When I was here in the 70s, there was a much more robust construction management program, one of the largest in the U.S.,” he said. “Maybe I could help with visits to construction sites, funding a bus and all that. It’s really to create a little sense of opportunity, to create a new first step for the program.”
It also fits the College of Engineering’s goal of providing world-class, multidisciplinary opportunities for its students.
“It’s a very business-intensive type of work, and it relates very much to the College of Engineering and engagement with the College of Business,” Honeycutt explained. “I think there’s a lot about what we’re doing here that’s of a very important benefit to students.”
MU Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Carlos Sun said that Honeycutt’s generosity will help grow the minor and added that a shift in student needs necessitated the reintroduction of construction management to the department.
“I think our renewal in terms of this construction management program is really motivated by industry,” Sun said. “Construction is a really great career path for many of our students, especially those who really want to see things built. This recurring donation is really helpful for bringing excitement.”