FLORENCE---The Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation of Florence has endowed a $100,000 faculty chair in chemistry at Francis Marion University. The gift is part of the university’s five-year, $12 million Campaign for Excellence.
Bradley Callicott, executive director of the Bruce & Lee Foundation, said his organization was pleased to be able to support the university through this gift which was part of its 2001 grants distribution.
“The university already has a strong chemistry program,” he said, evident of the high percentage of its students who pursue careers in the health professions. “This gift will ensure that continued success by strengthening its chemistry faculty.”
“As a discipline, the study of chemistry is critical to multiple fields of endeavor,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “The establishment of the endowed chair in chemistry assures the continued level of academic excellence through the provision of additional research opportunities for key faculty who, in turn, impact the lives of so many future students.”
Provost Richard Chapman said the endowed chair will enhance the Department of Chemistry by supporting the teaching and research activities of the chair holder. He said this gift will provide the university the opportunity to better prepare its graduates for the many professional activities supported by the study of chemistry.
Funds derived from the annual earnings on the gift will be used to supplement a faculty member’s salary and enable that faculty member more opportunities to pursue research and scholarship.
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