Siloam Springs, Ark (February 13, 2001) - John Brown University's Division of Engineering recently received word that, effective February 1, 2001, it would be awarded the University's second endowed academic chair. The Endowed Engineering Division Chair was made possible by an anonymous gift that has been earmarked to purchase Engineering equipment as well as endow the academic chair.
According to Mel Fratzke, JBU Provost, "This endowment comes from someone outside of the University who thinks enough of JBU to secure this position. It is an honor to receive such a gift as it not only represents support of the principles of the institution but also the caliber of our Engineering program."
Dr. Ken French, professor of mechanical engineering and chair of the Engineering Division will be the first occupant of the new chair. Dr. French is very thankful for the gift. "We're pleased with this endowed chair for it will help us continue to educate students at the ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) level. We are accredited by ABET and they have strict requirements which engineering programs must meet to remain accredited. This gift will enhance our program as we continue to prepare graduates who will be successful in their field of Engineering. By endowing this chair, JBU will be able to provide the best equipment and maintain the highest standards for our Engineering students."
The Engineering Division is one of the top five divisions that attract students to JBU and this generous gift enables the division to purchase equipment that is essential to a quality program.
John Brown University is a private university located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.