Professorship endowment given to Boston University
June 03, 2013
When there's an opening for a new professor, college administrators often have to scramble to fill the hole. Otherwise, courses may have to be taken off the schedule, causing students and other faculty members to lose out. However, this type of scenario was likely avoided recently at Boston University.
After alumna Maria Stata created a $2.5 million professorship endowment, Philosophy Department Chair David Roochnik was named the recipient. The gift was made to support a senior faculty member with a particular interest in the Greek classical period. The money was given to allow students not majoring in classical studies to take classes on the subject.
"This wonderful gift from Maria Stata will made a significant and lasting difference to our classical studies program," noted BU President Robert Brown. "It will ensure that students for generations to come will be able to study under accomplished scholars in this important interdisciplinary field."
Maria and her husband Ray Stata have long been involved in improving Boston-area universities. The couple enabled the building of the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Included in the building are numerous classrooms, a fitness center, childcare facilities, an auditorium and other elements that facilitate learning.
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