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Release: March 6, 2001

$1.5 million gift from UI engineering alumnus establishes faculty chair

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A fully endowed, named faculty chair in the University of Iowa College of Engineering has been established through a $1.5 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from UI graduate Allen S. Henry of Melbourne, Fla. His gift is the second largest ever made to the college.

The Allen Henry Chair in Engineering will support a faculty member who has a distinguished academic and research program in the college. Selected faculty will hold the Henry Chair for a term of five years.

UI engineering Dean P. Barry Butler said he expected the first Henry chair holder to be named later this year.

"This landmark gift exemplifies Al Henry's commitment to advancing higher education. For a long time, he has been a model for aspiring engineering students, our talented faculty and fellow alumni," Butler said. "Now this generous endowment in support of faculty success sets a new standard in the college as we pursue our ambitious goals in teaching and research excellence."

Inducted into the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy last year, Henry received his master's and doctoral degrees in mechanics and hydraulics from the UI in 1968 and 1971, respectively. He has served as a member of the UI Engineering Building Campaign Steering Committee and the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

"This chair will, in some part, continue to express my gratitude for the outstanding faculty contributing to my excellent graduate education," Henry said.

Henry is retired vice president-general manager of JDS Uniphase Broadband Products; from 1996 to 1999 he was chairman, CEO, and president of Broadband Communications Products prior to its acquisition by Uniphase Corporation. In 1996 Henry retired from Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla., after 23 years of service. His last position at Harris Corporation was president of Electronic Systems Sector, an organization of 7,000 people with annual revenues of $1 billion.

The Henry gift is part of the university's planned comprehensive campaign to advance the UI's strategic goals for the years 2000-2005. The campaign, which is in its early stages and for which no final dollar goal has been established, will be conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation and will raise funds to substantially increase the number of UI merit- and need-based scholarships, as well as the number of endowed faculty chairs and professorships; support eight new educational and research facilities; fund outreach and service programs to benefit individuals, families, and communities throughout the state of Iowa; build the UI's endowment; and launch new initiatives in the arts, sciences, business, health care, and other fields.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.