Colorado couple support AU's first Endowed Chair of Biology

Fri, 2012-07-20 11:06 -- univcomm

Date: 3/28/2000  

Title:   Colorado couple support AU’s first Endowed Chair of Biology

AU recently announced the completion of a trust provision providing more than one million dollars for the support of an Endowed Chair of Biology—the first Endowed Chair in the history of the university. Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson of Estes Park, Colo., established the gift for the ongoing development of students.

“We wanted to do something that would give back to the community of Anderson—particularly the Church of God and Anderson University,” said Jerry Stevenson. “This gift provides us with the opportunity to positively influence the lives of young persons at Anderson University who could then turn around and influence others.”

At the maturity of the trust, the earnings will be used to support the ongoing salary and benefits of the appointee, faculty and student research, public programs and lectures, professional meetings and publications, as well as equipment and materials.

“We are extremely pleased that the creation of this trust is intended to provide funding for the first Endowed Chair at the university,” said Ron Moore, AU Senior Vice President. “Not only are we pleased about the quality and depth of what this gift will bring to the university, this endowment also adds a note of distinction to the professional tenure of Dr. Stevenson at AU.”

Dr. Stevenson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Findlay in 1953, a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University in 1956, and an M.D. from The Ohio State University in 1960. In addition, Dr. Stevenson served as corporal for the Army and a second lieutenant for the United States Public Health Service.

Patricia Stevenson attended both Anderson University and The Ohio State University, where she pursued an interest in occupational therapy and worked as a technician in the university’s Pathology Department.

From 1965-70, Dr. Stevenson served as Chair of the Biology Department at Anderson University. He was instrumental in building the current curriculum for the department and bringing distinction to the university’s pre-medical program.

“Dr. Stevenson is known as an innovator who helped develop the foundation for the strong academic program we have today,” said Dr. Blake Janutolo, Dean of the AU College of Science and Humanities. “This gift will allow the Biology Department to expand its services to students and engage in scholastic activities that are not possible today. It is a great honor to know that the first Endowed Chair in the history of the university will be established in the sciences.”

From approximately 1970 to 1997, Dr. Stevenson worked full-time in the Pathology Department at St. John’s Hospital in Anderson.

Dr. Jerry and Patricia Stevenson currently reside in Estes Park, Colo. The couple has two children and four grandchildren.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, and theology.