The OSU Foundation hosted a ceremony at OSU-Tulsa last week to honor donors for gifts to endowed faculty positions in the College of Human Sciences and recognize the professors who hold those positions. OSU gave both groups bronze medallions to signify their importance in establishing a standard of excellence in research and education.
The donors honored included Bryan Close, Kent and Margo Dunbar and the George Kaiser Family Foundation, all of Tulsa. Faculty recipients—all from the Department of Human Development and Family Science — were Joseph Grzywacz, George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa; Whitney Bailey, Bryan Close Professorship in Adulthood and Aging; and Robert Larzelere, Endowed Professorship in Parenting.
Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, welcomed guests and spoke about the impact these positions are making for the campus and community in Tulsa. Burns Hargis, OSU president, added that endowed faculty positions help the university attract and retain outstanding faculty to teach and conduct research with OSU’s growing student population.
Hargis added that the College of Human Sciences is “a gem” with all four of its departments – Human Development and Family Science; Design, Housing and Merchandising; Nutritional Sciences; and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration – ranked among the top 10 of their U.S. peers.