UA Optical Sciences Announces First Named Chairs Created With $20M Gift From Founding Dean

UA Optical Sciences Announces First Named Chairs Created With $20M Gift From Founding Dean

James C. Wyant, founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, has been taken up on his offer to add $1.5 million to gifts of $500,000 to create an endowed chair in the donor’s name.

Renowned optical scientist Joseph W. “Joe” Goodman and his wife, Honmai, have donated $500,000, which will be used to create the J.W. and H.M. Goodman Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences. The gift was announced during a reception held in San Francisco for College of Optical Sciences alumni and corporate partners.

“Endowed chairs are among the most generous and critical gifts in higher education and serve as vital support of academic excellence,” said Thomas L. Koch, the college’s dean.

Wyant and his family pledged $20 million in November to establish the Distinguished Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences Fund, which will be used to help the college recruit a minimum of 10 stellar faculty. It is the largest gift for endowed faculty chair positions in the university’s history.
To further the impact of the gift, Wyant said that if a donor or group of donors offered $500,000 toward a chair, he would add $1.5 million from the fund to create a chair bearing the name of the donor or donors, or a name of their choosing.

Topic: Optical News