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New Endowed Faculty Positions

Appointments further academic excellence

March 25, 2010
Story by Marissa Chavez, OSU Library Communications Intern

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER - The A&M Board of Regents made three new appointments to endowed Library faculty positions.  These endowments will further academic excellence at the OSU Library.

Anne Prestamo, associate dean of libraries, now holds the Claud D. Kniffin Professor of Library Service and Education; Dean of Libraries Sheila Johnson now holds the newly created Clerico Family Chair; and Mary Larson, professor and head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, took over Dean Johnson’s former professorship, the Doris Neustadt Professor of Library Service.

The Kniffin position was established in 2008 with a gift from David Kniffin to honor his late father, a long-time member of the Friends of the OSU Library Board. David’s gift was matched by Boone Pickens and will eventually be matched by the state. The Kniffin position is designed to encourage excellence in teaching and scholarship in the Edmon Low Library. This position will work closely with the College of Education’s library media degree program.

The Neustadt position was established in 1991 and is designed to enhance a library faculty position. Sheila Johnson held this position from 2004-2010.

In 2008, John Clerico donated a million dollars to create the Clerico Family Chair in Library Excellence. Clerico specified this chair to create a premier Dean of Libraries position. Linda and Calvin Anthony added to the gift, and the total was matched by Boone Pickens. These funds will soon be matched by the state as well.

To read the minutes from the A&M Board of Regents meeting, visit regents.okstate.edu/minutes.html. To learn more about these and other endowments, collections and chairs, visit www.library.okstate.edu/friends/endowments/index.htm.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring10/endowed.htm
Last Updated: 25 March 2010

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