ATHENS, Ohio (June 25, 2004) -- Capping off Ohio University's successful Bicentennial Campaign - which will officially end June 30, 2004 - Charles R. Stuckey Jr. and his wife, Marilyn, of Carlisle, Mass., committed $5 million to support the building of a new facility that will provide a learning community for students and faculty in the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering & Technology. The Stuckeys' gift brings the campaign total to $216 million, surpassing the university's $200 million goal.
Charles Stuckey is chairman emeritus of RSA Security Inc. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in 1966, serves on the Russ College's Board of Visitors and was inducted into the college's Academy of Distinguished Graduates in 2000. Stuckey is a trustee of The Ohio University Foundation.
"Chuck and Marilyn have demonstrated a deep commitment to the Russ College, its faculty, and its students," said Ohio University President Robert Glidden. "This visionary gift will transform the learning environment for our engineering students, providing additional opportunities for engaged and active learning. The Stuckeys have been, and continue to be, thoughtful volunteers and benefactors on behalf of Ohio University."
Columbus architectural and engineering firm Burgess & Niple provided the design concept for the new academic building. The 66,000-square-foot facility, which will be connected to Stocker Engineering & Technology Center through an overhead bridge and stair tower, will include academic spaces such as classrooms (or studios), group project rooms, undergraduate research space, exploration and competition labs (or hangars), and space for future research laboratories. It also will house public spaces such as a cyber café, a showcase for the display of engineering projects, and a "living room" - a community forum where scholars can gather. Built upon a vision for a special learning-centered community, the design encourages individual exploration, teamwork, and conversation. It will be a technology-rich environment sensitive to each learner.
"We felt making a contribution to help facilitate the construction of this building would have a major impact for the University and perhaps even have an impact nationwide," says Charles Stuckey. "I've felt for sometime that the United States in general is losing a lot of its technological edge to other countries. We're seeing fewer high school students focusing on science and math, and a decline in the number of students coming into the engineering and science disciplines. We considered how we could have an impact on that trend. We wanted to do something that would help facilitate an advanced way of educating and recruiting students. Building an attractive, high-tech facility and encouraging new teaching methods could make a major change, putting the University in a much stronger position to compete nationally."
"This gift will enable us to begin the process of building the infrastructure for a new engineering learning community," said Russ College Dean Dennis Irwin. "When complete, this facility will make the Russ College one of the premier student-centered engineering colleges in the United States. It's safe to say that the Stuckeys' generosity to the Russ College's undergraduate programs is unmatched."
In 2000 the Stuckeys contributed $250,000 to the Bicentennial Campaign to establish the Charles R. and Marilyn Stuckey Jr. Professorship. The endowed professorship, currently held by Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Lonnie Welch, allows the Russ College to acknowledge and reward a deserving professor for his or her teaching and scholarly achievements by providing a salary supplement and discretionary funds for professional development.
Charles Stuckey attended Ohio University Lancaster Campus while working full-time for Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation and later commuted to the Athens campus while working part-time jobs in Lancaster and Athens. He has a background in general management and sales in high technology spanning more than 35 years with extensive experience in computer hardware, software and services. He held a succession of technical and field sales positions at IBM prior to joining Control Data Corporation (CDC) where he held a variety of positions including vice president of sales and marketing and vice president of Scientific Information Services, a systems and commercial data service company and a division of CDC. Stuckey was CEO of RSA Security Inc. from 1987 to 2000 and served as chairman from 1996 to 2003.
RSA Security Inc. helps organizations protect private information and manage the identities of the people and applications accessing and exchanging that information. RSA Security's portfolio of solutions - including identity and access management, secure mobile and remote access, secure enterprise access and secure transactions - are all designed to provide the most seamless e-security experience in the market.
The Bicentennial Campaign, which kicked off in November 2000, has celebrated the university's 200th anniversary and will provide money to support students and faculty, technological enhancements, innovative programs and select capital improvements. The largest fund-raising effort in the history of the institution, the Campaign has exceeded its $200 million goal, raising $216 million in support of the university.
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering & Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife, Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world.
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Media Contacts: Assistant Dean for Development in Engineering & Technology Mark Carter, (740) 593-0894, or Director of Development Communication Jennifer Bowie, (740) 597-1739
Editors: Photos of Charles R. Stuckey Jr. and a rendering of the interior of the facility are available online at: