Published: Jul 22, 2009 5:07:00 PM
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H. Vincent Groome III, owner of Groome Transportation which operates Auburn University's Tiger Transit system, has created a professorship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in honor of his father. The Harold V. Groome Jr. Professorship in Transportation Engineering will support an exemplary civil engineering faculty member who specializes in transportation engineering instruction and research.
Auburn University has undertaken a professorship initiative that will create 81 endowed professorships across campus. The university has agreed to add $7,500 annually to the earnings of any new professorship endowment established by Sept. 30. This means an investment of $150,000 - half the amount normally required - will create the equivalent of a $300,000 named endowed professorship.
"Professors who engage students create a passion for learning and stimulate the minds and curiosity of students," said Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "As the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering positions itself to become one of the nation's top engineering programs, these professorships will help the college attract and retain premier faculty members."
Groome's gift provides for the 17th new professorship in the College of Engineering under the university's initiative. Tony Cantanzaro, Miller Gorrie, Joe McMillan, Allen Reed, William Reed, Ed Reynolds, Walt Woltosz, McWane Inc. and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council have provided funding as part of the initiative.
"There is considerable competition among colleges and universities to attract quality faculty members who have demonstrated academic achievement and established themselves as experts in their field," said Benefield. "While maintaining our caliber of faculty and successfully recruiting additional superior faculty, Auburn Engineering will continue increasing its professorship endowments to enhance faculty salaries and provide operational support."