The board accepted $9.45
million in gifts from five donors. All of the gifts will establish new endowments or
enhance existing ones.
6, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today accepted $7.45 million in gifts from five
donors, including a $7 million gift from a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., venture capitalist. All of the gifts will establish new endowments or
enhance existing ones.
J. Von Allmen of Fort Lauderdale, chairman of St. Louis-based Group One Capital, gave the
$7 million gift to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The lions share of the gift, $5 million,
will establish an endowed chair in accountancy and support graduate student fellowships
and research, while $2 million will support research in the UK Gatton College of Business
and Economics Center for Entrepreneurship.
appreciation for the Von Allmen gift, UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr. said he will
recommend in August that the board name the Gatton Colleges accountancy school the
Douglas J. Von Allmen School of Accountancy. In
addition, he will recommend the entrepreneurship center be named the Douglas J. Von Allmen
Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Commerce.
W. Chellgren, a UK trustee and chairman of Ashland Inc., gave a total of $375,000. Chellgren gave $250,000 to a previous gift,
upgrading the existing Chellgren Endowed Professorship in Corporate Strategy in the Gatton
College to the Chellgren Endowed Chair in Corporate Strategy.
second gift, $125,000, establishes the Wilbur E. Chellgren Professorship in Accountancy in
the Gatton College. The endowment honors
A. Pachtman of Paradise Valley, Ariz., gave $50,000 to establish the Judith Ann Powell
Pachtman, M.D., Professorship in Obstetrics and Gynocology Research in the UK College of
gift from the late Robert F. Corum of Crestwood, Ky., provides $25,000 for the Don
Corum/National Nursery Products Landscape Research Endowment in the College of
Agricultures Department of Horticulture.
gifts are contingent on matches by the states Research Challenge Trust Fund.
board also accepted an in-kind gift of $1.27 million from Wade H. Hall of Louisville. Hall sold a collection of American letters and
diaries, valued at $1.57 million, to the UK Libraries for $300,000, resulting in the