Cameron faculty members honored with Endowed Chairs

Cameron University President Cindy Ross is pleased to announce the naming of two Cameron faculty members to Endowed Chairs. Dr. Ken Masters, Associate Professor of Management, has been named the Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, and Dr. E. Ann Nalley, Professor of Chemistry, has been chosen as the Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair in Math and Science Education. Both appointments are effective October 1.

“Dr. Masters and Dr. Nalley exemplify the outstanding faculty we have at Cameron,” says President Ross. “It is gratifying to recognize these dedicated professors with Endowed Chairs, knowing that they will continue to contribute to the quality education that we are providing our students.”

The Board of Regents for The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University approved the appointments today during its regularly scheduled meeting, held at the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron campus.

The Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business Leadership was established in July 1994 by the Lawton Retail Merchants Association. Proceeds from this chair advance the teaching of leadership in business. The Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair in Math and Science Education was established in July 1992 by the Clarence E. Page Foundation. Income from the endowment is used to explore innovative ways to teach science and math to elementary and secondary school students.

“Donors like the Lawton Retail Merchants Association and the Clarence E. Page Foundation make a powerful impact at Cameron University,” says Ross. “Their contributions live on in perpetuity, providing students with enhanced educational opportunities and affording Cameron the ability to attract and retain some of the best faculty in the nation.”

As the Virginia Brewczynski Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, Dr. Masters will utilize funding from the endowment for prizes awarded students in competitions designed to improve business knowledge, business ethics and leadership with a particular emphasis on the role of women in business. Funding will also be used for student, staff and faculty travel and supplies in support of business, ethics, and leadership activities.

As the Clarence E. Page Endowed Chair in Math and Science Education. Dr. Nalley will provide outreach for area public schools, implementing activities to improve math and science education from K-12. She will also receive funding to support math and science summer camps for both children and teachers.

Dr. Masters joined the Cameron School of Business faculty in Fall 2006. He earned a Ph.D. in Organization Theory and Policy from the University of North Texas after receiving an M.B.A. from McNeese State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana State University. He previously taught at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and at Western Illinois University. Dr. Masters has been honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award from Cameron’s Office of Student Support Services and the Distinguished Reviewer Award from the Southwest Academy of Management Conference. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Iota Epsilon.

Dr. Nalley earned a B.S. in 1965, an M.S. in 1969, and a Ph.D. in 1975, all in chemistry, from Texas Woman’s University. She joined the Cameron faculty in 1969. In 1995, Nalley received Cameron’s highest service honor, the Distinguished Service Award, becoming the first professor to be so honored. She was inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1992, she was honored by the five sections of the American Chemical Society as the Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, the first and only woman to be so honored. In 1996, she was honored by the American Chemical Society when she was presented with the Henry Hill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professionalism. Dr. Nalley served as the National President of the American Chemical Society in 2006 and as the National President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from 1995-1998.

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September 20, 2012

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