Endowment for Academic Excellence

In an effort to provide exceptional resources for faculty and staff, JBU will raise $10 million to support faculty research, development and innovation. The endowment will support various projects and faculty chairs that add breadth and depth to the excellence of the John Brown University education.

$10 MILLION GOAL FOR 2019

$7.1 MillionGIVEN AND PLEDGED

$2.9 MillionREMAINING

 

Project Impact

Abila Lecture
Abila Lecture

The Endowment for Academic Excellence funds the biannual Abila Lecture in Biblical Archeology Series for renowned scholars to present their research in history and archeology in the Biblical World. Dr. David Chapman, leading scholar of crucifixion in antiquity and faculty member at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis gave the inaugural lecture.

Jordan Studies Program
Jordan Studies Program

Dr. David Vila serves as the director of the Abila of the Decapolis Archeological dig in Northern Jordan and has been leading summer excavation trips to the site for over a decade. The Endowment for Academic Excellence will provide scholarships for students to participate in the study abroad program and help with the excavation work while they are there.

Student Perspective
Student Perspective

Kari Miller ’15
“Doing the archaeology internship in Jordan is among the best experiences I've had at JBU. I was exposed to different cultures and incredible ancient artifacts and learned a lot about myself in the process. I am so grateful for the scholarship that gave me the opportunity to go. Every student should have an international experience like this!”

Project Impact

Peer Endowed Chair
Peer Endowed Chair

A $2 million gift establishes the Charles Peer Endowed Chair in Visual Arts. As the first recipient, these funds will support Charles Peer in his teaching, painting and curating, as well as helping to support the overall growth in the department.

Student Perspective
Student Perspective

Shelby Mooty ’15
“In each class that I've had Mr. Peer, he's demonstrated such passion not only for art, but also for teaching his students. The endowment in Mr. Peer's honor will only enhance the value of JBU's visual arts education. I’m so thankful to be a part of JBU’s Visual Arts department.”

Student Perspective
Student Perspective

Andrea Barnett ’15
“Charles Peer has significantly molded and grown my love for artistic expression. The Charles Peer Endowed Chair will continuously inspire those professors who inspire students and that is an incredibly powerful thing.”

Project Impact

Soderquist College of Business Endowed Fund
Soderquist College of Business Endowed Fund

A $2 million endowment will establish new programs and create two new business faculty chairs. A $300,000 gift will create the Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Fund to support new programs like retail analytics and entrepreneurial studies and support faculty research and development.

Faculty Perspective
Faculty Perspective

Eva Fast - Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing
“This funding created a way for me to gain additional industry experience, expand my professional network and further my relevance in the classroom. It is exciting to have these resources that enhance my ability to provide excellent business education.”