Contact

KU Endowment
785-832-7398

Alumna's $2M gift commitment to create professorship in School of Education

Thu, 08/01/2013

LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas alumna has made a $2 million gift commitment to establish the first counseling psychology professorship at KU. This will be the second-largest gift in the history of the School of Education.

Counseling psychology graduate students have the opportunity to practice administering tests.Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education, said the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, received a great education at KU and wanted to give back to support opportunities for future generations. He said the counseling psychology department has a long and successful history of training professors, researchers and mental health professionals.

Ginsberg expressed his gratitude for the gift and added that the donor also felt that her KU professors and mentors contributed to her life in profound ways. “She wanted to continue this important KU legacy of excellent teaching and mentorship for future professionals,” he said.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little expressed appreciation for the gift. “The University of Kansas is home to an outstanding School of Education, and this gift will help us further enhance its quality in meeting needed mental health services across the state and nation,” she said. “It is gratifying that the donor’s experience at KU was so rewarding that she would so generously give back to our students and university.”

Established in 1955, KU’s doctoral program in counseling psychology trains generalists who are able to engage in a variety of activities ranging from clinical treatment to academic research. Reflecting a “scientist-practitioner” model, the curriculum prepares clinicians who apply the best and most current theory and research to their practice, and academicians who are grounded in the realities of practice.

The gift commitment counts toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s $1.2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.

The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.



Happy Halloween, Jayhawks! Check out the pumpkin-carving talents of our KU family. Yes, there's a jack-o-lantern rivalry going on in the middle there. Catch KU Football take on Baylor tomorrow at 3pm. Rock Chalk! (Thanks to all for submitting pictures – If you see your pumpkin, tag yourself!) Tags: Kansas Jayhawks #KUstudents #KUalumni

#KUprof earns lifetime achievement award for service to independent pharmacies. http://t.co/miPclexsGw Rock Chalk!
Inside KU: Protein research, biodiesel fuel, and KU's Bioscience & Technology Business Center "Inside KU" takes a look at how the expanded Bioscience & Technology Business Center (http://bit.ly/1zzPvrw) brings a number of beneficial services to small start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. Also: A KU startup at the BTBC, KanPro, is producing proteins for research in medicine, biotechnology, and life sciences (See http://bit.ly/1DSY3s9). KU Innovation and Collaboration focuses on turning the university’s research into industry (See http://bit.ly/ZTOKZF). The "Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative" grows algae to provide a sustainable source for biodiesel fuel (See http://bit.ly/1oPRovz). Undergraduate Research Awards allow students to explore their fields deeper (See http://bit.ly/KUcugr). **The Time Warner Cable Sports Network's "Inside KU" is hosted by Jeannie Hodes.**


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times