Northwestern to recognize Enid's commitment to Endowed Faculty Chair Program

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Northwestern to recognize Enid's commitment to Endowed Faculty Chair Program

August 31, 2012

The commitment of the Enid community and civic leaders to Northwestern Oklahoma State University through the Endowed Faculty Chair Program will be celebrated during a public ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the school’s Enid Campus.

The “Legacies of Excellence” event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a formal program at 6 p.m.

In March 1998, the Enid Public Higher Education Authority and the Enid Economic Development Authority transferred $2.5 million to the Northwestern Foundation for the establishment of 10 endowed chairs to support faculty positions at the Enid Campus.

Those funds were then matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education through a program established by the Oklahoma Legislature to create a $5 million endowment.

“In the history of the Endowed Chair Program, there is no other example of community support for a University that matches the partnership between Enid and Northwestern,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, president of Northwestern. “There were many leaders with vision who understood that investing in the future of public higher education in Enid through Northwestern would benefit this city in countless ways.

“Northwestern is honored to pay tribute to some of those visionaries who created ‘Legacies of Excellence.’”

Of the 10 endowed chairs that were established, only two have been named by Northwestern. The work of Enid businessmen Harold Hamm and Bert Mackie was honored with the naming of endowed chairs within the school’s Division of Business.

Northwestern will recognize the contributions of six additional Enid leaders by naming endowed chairs in their honor. The six include Brud Baker, Janet Hart Cordell, Dan Dillingham, Doug Frantz, Sen. Ed Long and John Martin.

“Each of these individuals has positively impacted the Enid Community in numerous ways and each has demonstrated a belief in the mission of higher education,” Cunningham said.

In addition, two endowed chairs will be named on behalf of the citizens of Enid.

Northwestern established its Enid Campus in 1996 at the site of the former Enid Higher Education Center at 2929 E. Randolph.