Ann Stuart gives TWU $120,000 to support Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award
DENTON — Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Ann Stuart is donating $120,000 to the university to establish the Ann Stuart Fund to Underwrite the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.
Dr. Stuart’s gift will fund a 20-year program to bring the recipient of the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award to campus to share his or her experience and expertise with the university community. The TWU academic department from which the recipient graduated will organize the TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award event, which will begin in 2012 and continue annually through 2032.
“Our many alumni who are successful in their careers and in public service are a testament to the quality of a TWU education,” Chancellor Stuart said. “I am giving this gift so we can showcase our outstanding alumni and bring them back to TWU to engage in the academic life of the university.”
The TWU Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award, which may be given up to twice a year, recognizes alumni for their exceptional career and public achievements. Recipients are honored permanently on a recognition wall in the foyer of Hubbard Hall.
The first recipient of the award is internationally known Greenpeace scientist Pat Costner, who received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from TWU in 1961 and her master’s degree in organic chemistry from the university in 1964.
Chancellor Stuart is a first-generation graduate of public higher education, and has said it was her education that enabled her to pursue the opportunities that enriched her life.
She was born to middle class parents, who were determined to make a college education possible for their only child. Chancellor Stuart began her teaching career as a middle school teacher, then taught high school and later became a tenured professor of English at the university level. She is a published scholar in the field of English literature and technical communication. Her administrative career began as dean of arts and sciences at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She later became provost and vice president of academic affairs at Alma College in Michigan, followed by the presidency of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Graduate School in Connecticut. In 1999, she came to TWU as chancellor and president.
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