ATHENS, Ohio (June 11, 2004) -- Frances Shoolroy, widow of the late Robert Freeman of LaRue, Ohio, and members of the Freeman family presented the Ohio University College of Business with over $1 million for four endowed named professorships during a June 7 ceremony.
Ohio University Associate Professor of Management Systems Faizul Huq and Assistant Professor of Marketing Chris Moberg were each awarded a Freeman Professorship by College of Business Dean Glenn Corlett.
Corlett said the College of Business presented two of the endowed professorships to existing faculty who best exemplified the goals of contributing and publishing significant research and exemplary teaching. The other two Freeman Professorships will be used to recruit top faculty from outside the university.
Ohio University President Robert Glidden gave a brief background of Freeman, the son of a farmer, who came to Ohio University during the Depression and worked many jobs to help pay for his education. He graduated from what is now the College of Business in 1935. After serving in the Navy during WWII and being a captain of a LST during the Normandy invasion, he and his brother started an excavating company in Wooster, Ohio.
While that company grew and prospered, Freeman was active recruiting athletes for Ohio University and worked with Kermit Blosser, Bill Hess, Bob Wren, Jim Snyder, Carroll Widdoes and others during summer recruiting trips.
The gift is part of the Ohio University Bicentennial Campaign, which has raised over $203 million. The College of Business has raised almost $32 million during the campaign, which concludes this month.
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Editors: A photo of the recipients and Ms. Shoolroy can be found at www.ohiou.edu/news/pix/FREEMANPROFESSORSHIP.JPG