FOR RELEASE AFTER
4:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2001
Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
or John Kemp, Louisiana
Board of Regents, 504-342-4253
Regents Complete $3
Million in Funding for 2 Eminent Scholars Chairs and 10 Endowed Professorships
at Centenary College
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Members
of the Centenary College community gathered today (Wednesday, Aug. 15)
to hear Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Louisiana commissioner of higher education,
announce the completion of $3 million in funding for two Eminent Scholars
Chairs and ten Endowed Professorships for the college.
The 4 p.m. ceremony
in Centenary's Kilpatrick Auditorium marked the completion of a local and
state funding effort which matches privately raised gifts with the Louisiana
Board of Regents Support Fund on a 60:40 basis.
Kenneth L. Schwab and Dr. Savoie jointly announced the formal completion
of the Bill and Sarah James Eminent Scholars Chair in Psychology, the Albert
Sklar Eminent Scholars Chair in Chemistry and ten Douglas and Marion Attaway
Professorships in Civic Culture.
The Attaway Professorships
honor the late Douglas and Marion Attaway, who were both active in civic
and community affairs. Douglas Attaway, a publisher and newspaperman,
was a longtime member of the Centenary Board of Trustees and once co-chaired
the Great Teachers and Scholars Fund.
"He was interested
in bringing distinguished visitors and lecturers to campus and, in the
process, making the city of Shreveport a better place to live," Schwab
said. Schwab said that the Attaway professorships will enable Centenary
to bring to campus individuals of national prestige, who are notable for
their roles in public intellectual life.
Representing the Attaway
family Wednesday were Susan Attaway, Amy Leuther, Wes Attaway and
Dr. Sonya Wisdom Attaway.
The James Chair is
named in memory of Bill and Sarah James of Ruston, La., prominent business,
civic and cultural leaders in North Louisiana. Bill James, the son
of T.L. James, was a 1929 graduate of Centenary and a second-generation,
longtime member of the Board of Trustees. He was one of the first
inductees of the Centenary Alumni Hall of Fame.
About the Jameses,
Dr. Schwab said, "They were strong proponents of a value-centered education
that would prepare students to face the challenges of tomorrow. They
were both dedicated to stewardship and the support of our heritage."
Representing the James
family were LaVaga James, Bill James Jr., Tommy James, David James, Mark
James and Bob James.
The Sklar Chair honors
the memory of Albert Sklar, Shreveport business and community leader.
He was a member of the Centenary Board of Trustees from 1964 until his
death in 1996. He was awarded Centenary's Honorary Alumnus designation
"Albert's name will
live on in perpetuity and his longtime interest in higher education will
be honored as well -- as generations of Sklar Chair holders pass their
knowledge on to generations of future scientists," Schwab said.
Representing the Sklar
family and company during the ceremony were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sklar,
Betty LaCour and Todd Gates. Miriam Sklar, a member of the Centenary
Board of Trustees, was out of state and unable to attend.
Schwab praised Gov.
Mike Foster, the Louisiana Legislature, the Board of Regents and the Louisiana
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for making higher
education a priority. "Support of higher education in Louisiana continues
to be critical to our state's future," he said. "Once again, higher
education has been recognized as important in our state."
He noted that Centenary
now has a total of 40 professorships endowed at $100,000 each, 11 Eminent
Scholars chairs endowed at $1 million each, and one Eminent Scholars chair
endowed with $2 million. Another eight endowed chairs at the College were
funded prior to or separate from the Support Fund.
Participants in Tuesday's
presentation also included representatives of the Board of Regents, the
area Legislative delegation, and the Centenary administration, faculty,
staff and student body.
The endowed chair and
professorship programs are part of the Regents' innovative Support Fund,
which began as a permanent trust fund approved by the voters of Louisiana
in a 1986 constitutional amendment. By 2001, the trust fund had risen to
over $921 million. The funds were part of a settlement between the state
and federal governments over offshore oil and gas revenue.
Each year the Legislature
appropriates half the interest from the fund to the Board of Regents, the
policy-making and coordinating agency for all higher education in Louisiana.
The other half goes to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
for grades K-12.
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