The Arizona Desert Lamp

Privately Funded, Publicly Provided: Cancer Center Edition

Posted in Campus, Politics by Evan Lisull on 2 February 2009

From UANews, a stark contrast from the recent state-budget news:

A $1 million gift from the Alan and Janice Levin family to The University of Arizona Foundation will fund the Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Chair for Excellence in Cancer Research at the Arizona Cancer Center.

. . .

The Alan and Janice Levin Family Endowed Chair brings the total of endowed chairs at the Arizona Cancer Center to six. Awarded to faculty members at the height of their careers, an endowed chair is an acknowledgment of past performance and a commanding statement of expectations about future accomplishments. It is a compelling recruiting tool, and an effective means to retain the talent already on campus.

Very cool stuff, and a small reminder that this model is very possible. Perhaps the university administration should save their tears and start begging from people who, unlike the state government, are actually inclined to give money.

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