Clark Foundation establishes Vanderbilt engineering school endowment
The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has established a $1 million endowment at the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering to support its faculty. This investment honors Courtney Clark Pastrick’s service on Vanderbilt’s Board of Trust from 2010 to 2020.
The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Faculty Endowment will enable the creation of two engineering faculty fellowships or an endowed chair position. The fellowships will be named the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Dean’s Faculty Fellow and the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow. If a chair position is created, it will be named the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Chair. The grant will be matched by the university.
“Endowed fellowships and chairs help us attract or retain outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields,” said Philippe M. Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering. “I am so grateful to the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation for their continued generosity. Their foresight and support of our students through the A. James Clark Scholars Program and now the development of our faculty with the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation Faculty Endowment truly is a testament to their commitment to our success.”
“My father, A. James Clark, believed that engineers are problem-solvers, and that the world needs more of them. We are proud to invest in Vanderbilt’s award-winning faculty who provide exceptional educational opportunities to tomorrow’s engineering leaders,” said Clark Foundation Board Chair Courtney Clark Pastrick.
A visionary $15 million grant in 2017 from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation to Vanderbilt University School of Engineering established the A. James Clark Scholars Program at the School of Engineering for 10 talented first-generation and underrepresented students entering the school each year.
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