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Faculty Endowments Recognize Excellence and Support Critical Need for Superior Education

Dr. Julia Oxford with Lori and Duane Stueckle

The excellence of Boise State faculty members advances the quality of instruction for our students, and the quality of intellectual capital that enriches the social, cultural and economic success of the region.  Endowed professorships and chairs honor and recognize the distinction of top-flight faculty, while providing invaluable financial support, above and beyond salary, for use in research, teaching or service activities.

Take for example Dr. Julia Oxford, Boise State’s professor of biology and director of the Biomolecular Research Center. Her work with the prestigious Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in matrix biology at Boise State began when her team won a $10 million research grant to start the center. The COBRE program offers an opportunity to build infrastructure for biomedical research, and link researchers from multiple disciplines to collaborate on
life-changing discoveries.

When Duane and Lori Stueckle became aware of Dr. Oxford’s work, they established an endowed faculty chair in the Department of Biology that provides annual support for an existing faculty member who is involved in research and teaching with biomedical applications.

“Our support of the biomedical research being conducted at Boise State will not only have a significant impact on the health care outcomes of society, but provides funding for mentors who share their knowledge and expertise with tomorrow’s scientists,” Duane said. “The impact of faculty endowments is wide, and a solid investment in our future.”

Duane, a Boise businessman and entrepreneur, and Lori, a Boise State alumna, are longtime supporters of Boise State. The endowed chair is the first established in the College of Arts and Sciences and came at a critical time for the university’s fast-growing biomedical research program.