Cameron University has received matching funds totaling $306,000 from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for endowed faculty positions that have been established by Cameron supporters, thanks to action taken by Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Legislature to provide matching funds during the 2012 Legislative Session. The matching funds will be added to the principal for each of the endowed positions. Investment income from the endowment accounts will be utilized for a variety of educational and research projects involving Cameron students and faculty.
“The State Regents’ matching fund program for endowments is a significant resource for Cameron University,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “We are grateful to Gov. Fallin and the members of the Legislature for investing in Oklahoma’s future by making these matching funds possible. Our students will benefit greatly from the programs made possible by these dollars.”
Funding has now been matched for the initial contributions of six endowed faculty positions and supplemental contributions to one other. The endowed faculty positions receiving matching funds are in the disciplines of chemistry, mathematical sciences, English, military science and leadership, political science, research, and physical and biological sciences.
“Cameron enjoys the generous support of donors who have helped the university become the University of Choice for Southwest Oklahoma and beyond,” Johnson says. “This matching program allows their contributions to go farther and have an even greater impact on our students.”
Cameron boasts 73 endowed faculty positions, more than any other regional university in the state. Endowed faculty positions, which include chairs, professorships and lectureships, make a direct contribution to the quality of teaching and learning at Cameron by enabling academic endeavors that would not otherwise be possible.
Matching funds totaling more than $226,000 are still pending for the initial contributions for six faculty endowments as well as supplemental contributions to one endowed chair.
December 20, 2012