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Roenigk Family Foundation funds endowed chair at Ohio University


ATHENS, Ohio ? The Roenigk Family Foundation of Scottsdale, Ariz., recently made a commitment that will establish an endowed chair in chemistry at Ohio University as part of the Bicentennial Campaign. The Roenigk Chair will strengthen the College of Arts & Sciences capacity to recruit and retain outstanding scholars in chemistry.


Endowed chairs, a top priority for Ohio University during the Bicentennial Campaign, are a means of recognizing and rewarding experienced faculty members who are renowned researchers and top-notch classroom instructors. Endowed chairs are annual awards that include a stipend for the faculty member receiving the recognition as well as funds to support programs in his or her academic area.


"The Roenigk Chair in Chemistry will build on the University?s current strengths in chemistry, broaden its reputation for academic excellence, and improve the quality of education provided to our students," said Ohio University President Robert Glidden.


To date in the Campaign, generous alumni and friends have made commitments to Ohio University that will establish nine new endowed chairs and 28 new named professorships, which often are used to recognize younger faculty who are rising stars in their fields. Since receiving its first gift establishing an endowed faculty position ? the Robert L. Morton Chair in Mathematics Education ? in 1965, the University has secured support for 26 endowed chairs and 48 named professorships.


"The Department (of Chemistry) has made tremendous progress in the last 5-10 years," said Kenneth Brown, chair of the Department of Chemistry. "We've increased our research presence, and our external support is up over $4 million a year. The Roenigk Chair will help us to sustain this momentum."


The Roenigk Family Foundation will fund the chair immediately ? with annual contributions to the Ohio University Foundation ? and has committed to endowing the chair in the future. "The Roenigk Chair will allow us to recruit someone at a senior level who has ongoing research support and who can bring in an established research program," said Brown. "It's a real shot in the arm for the Department."


The Bicentennial Campaign ? which has raised more than $195 million toward its goal of raising $200 million to celebrate the University's bicentennial in 2004 ? will provide money for scholarships, endowed professorships, technological enhancements, innovative programs, and selected capital improvements.

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