CONTACT: KEVIN COLLINS
Director of Development
UI College of Engineering
UI Foundation News
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Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: March 6, 2001
$1.5 million gift from UI engineering alumnus establishes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A fully endowed, named faculty
chair in the University of Iowa College of Engineering has been established
through a $1.5 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from UI graduate
Allen S. Henry of Melbourne, Fla. His gift is the second largest ever made
to the college.
The Allen Henry Chair in Engineering will support
a faculty member who has a distinguished academic and research program in
the college. Selected faculty will hold the Henry Chair for a term of five
UI engineering Dean P. Barry Butler said he expected
the first Henry chair holder to be named later this year.
"This landmark gift exemplifies Al Henry's commitment
to advancing higher education. For a long time, he has been a model for aspiring
engineering students, our talented faculty and fellow alumni," Butler said.
"Now this generous endowment in support of faculty success sets a new standard
in the college as we pursue our ambitious goals in teaching and research excellence."
Inducted into the college's Distinguished Engineering
Alumni Academy last year, Henry received his master's and doctoral degrees
in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1968 and 1971, respectively. He
has served as a member of the UI Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee
and the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
"This chair will, in some part, continue to express
my gratitude for the outstanding faculty contributing to my excellent graduate
education," Henry said.
Henry is retired vice president-general manager of
JDS Uniphase Broadband Products; from 1996 to 1999 he was chairman, CEO, and
president of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by
Uniphase Corporation. In 1996 Henry retired from Harris Corporation, Melbourne,
Fla., after 23 years of service. His last position at Harris Corporation was
president of Electronic Systems Sector, an organization of 7,000 people with
annual revenues of $1 billion.
The Henry gift is part of the university's planned
comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005.
The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal
has been established, will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation
and will raise funds to substantially increase the number of UI merit- and
need-based scholarships, as well as the number of endowed faculty chairs and
professorships; support eight new educational and research facilities; fund
outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families, and communities
throughout the state of Iowa; build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives
in the arts, sciences, business, health care, and other fields.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private
contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni
and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities
improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.