Cameron University Foundation establishes endowed lectureship and endowed scholarship thanks to gift from CU alumnus Dr. Mike Netherland

The Cameron University Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Netherland Endowed Lectureship in Biology and the Netherland Family Endowed Scholarship for Biology Majors, both of which have been made possible by a generous donation from Cameron alumnus Dr. Mike Netherland. His father, Dr. Lane Netherland, is a CU emeritus faculty member who retired in 2004 after 32 years of service to the university.

“We are deeply grateful to Dr. Mike Netherland for this gift that enables the Cameron University Foundation to establish two endowments that will benefit CU students in perpetuity,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “Both he and his father, Dr. Lane Netherland, understand first-hand the importance of undergraduate research in the field of biology and how the application of that research can impact the world around us. The endowed lectureship, which will provide research and/or learning opportunities to Cameron biology students that might not otherwise be available, will help prepare CU students for scientific careers that could literally change the world. The endowed scholarship is equally as important, as it will provide vital funding to students who are pursuing a degree in biology.”

Mike Netherland graduated from Cameron in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then earned a Master of Science in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University and a Ph.D in Agronomy from the University of Florida. With more than 25 years of experience in research and management of aquatic invasive plants using herbicides, he is currently a Courtesy Associate Professor at the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. He is also affiliated with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. In 2016, he received the Aquatic Plant Management Society President’s Award for research activities that have resulted in improved management strategies.

The Netherland Family Endowed Lectureship in Biology will be submitted for approval to the Board of Regents for the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University. Once approved, CU officials will seek matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“These endowments continue a legacy of excellence that has been made possible by the generosity of donors,” says Johnson. “Endowed lectureships honor the CU faculty, and endowed scholarships play a vital role in a student’s ability to complete a college degree with as little debt as possible.”

The Cameron University Foundation welcomes additional contributions to this and other established endowments. To make a contribution or to establish a new endowment, contact the CU Office of University Advancement at 581-2999 or email foundation@cameron.edu.


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October 12, 2018