CONTACT: ALSATIA MELLECKER
Director of Development
UI College of Pharmacy
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: June 17, 2002
Gift enhances endowed faculty position for UI Pharmacy College
An endowed faculty chair made possible through the
generosity of a prominent University of Iowa graduate and his wife will enhance
the stature and effectiveness of the UI College of Pharmacy's Division of
Pharmaceutics, said Jordan Cohen, dean of the college.
Former UI pharmacy faculty member Lyle D. Bighley, nationally recognized
as a leader in pharmaceutical industry and education, and his wife, Sharon
(Olson) Bighley, established the Bighley Pharmaceutics Fellowship Fund in
1990 with a gift of $250,000 to the UI Foundation. Now the Shawnee Mission,
Kans., couple has made additional gift commitments that will bring this fund's
endowment level to $1.5 million, at which time the position will become an
In explaining this gift, Lyle Bighley said, "The
main reason I could continue my graduate education was because of help from
quality faculty who gave me work opportunities and scholarship recommendations.
Sharon and I want to ensure that high-caliber faculty continue to be available
for students in the years ahead."
"We wanted to do something that would provide
a benefit beyond our lifetimes," Sharon Bighley added.
Based in the Division of Pharmaceutics, an academic
and research unit of the College of Pharmacy, the Bighley chair will enable
the college to recruit and retain a nationally recognized pharmaceutical scientist
to lead the division in developing a multidisciplinary approach to drug development.
"Lyle and Sharon Bighley are special friends
of the college—and of this university," said Cohen. "These
two have been extraordinarily generous in investing their time and resources
in UI pharmacy education. By establishing this chair, they will play
an instrumental role in transforming the future of pharmaceutical training
and development. The Bighleys truly are role models for other alumni
Lyle D. Bighley, who received his UI master of science
degree in 1963 and his UI doctor of philosophy degree in 1966, retired in
1991 as the senior vice president of research and development planning and
administration of Marion Merrell Dow Inc., in Kansas City, Mo. Before
that, he worked as assistant professor and then associate professor in the
UI College of Pharmacy, and held other scientific and management positions
in the pharmaceutical industry.
Bighley has earned several honors, including a Henry
S. Wellcome Memorial Fellowship from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical
Education, an American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Former Fellow
Distinguished Service Profile Award and a Distinguished Alumni Award from
the UI College of Pharmacy. His writing and research have appeared in
Sharon Bighley, an Osage, Iowa, native, received
her nursing degree from Hamline University in 1959. She and her husband
are members of the Presidents Club of the University of Iowa, which recognizes
the UI's most generous contributors.
The Bighleys' gift is
part of the university's $850 million comprehensive campaign, called Good.
Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University. The campaign
is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation to raise funds
for new initiatives in the arts, sciences, business, health care and other
fields; support new educational and research facilities; substantially increase
the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions; fund outreach
and service programs to benefit Iowans; and build the UI's endowment.
The UI Foundation, the university's comprehensive fund-raising organization,
is the preferred channel of support for contributions to all areas of the
university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its web site