Garvey gift endows professorship held by Craig Miner

1:29:48 PM CDT - Thursday, May 26, 2005

Jean Garvey, the widow of businessman and philanthropist Willard Garvey, has established an endowed professorship in her husband's name. Longtime history faculty member Craig Miner will hold the newly created Willard Garvey Professorship in Business History. Miner has held a similarly named professorship for several years.

Garvey's recent gift qualifies for the WSU faculty of distinction program and is the fifth such professorship created since the WSU Foundation launched its We Are Wichita State campaign last July. The campaign is raising money for scholarships and faculty support. In the faculty of distinction program that was created by the Legislature, the state supplements a gift annually with the interest it earns on the same amount of the original gift. The original gift must be at least $350,000.

Miner's previous professorship was not an endowed professorship and money was donated annually to the fund, according to Elizabeth King, vice president for university advancement.

Garvey announced her gift when she accepted the 2005 Fairmount Founders' Award from the WSU Foundation earlier this month. The award is given to an individual for outstanding service and exceptional contributions that consistently manifest the values and ideals of the founders of Fairmount College.

Both Jean and Willard attended the University of Wichita; both later earned degrees elsewhere. Willard Garvey founded a number of businesses in Wichita and abroad. Both helped found Wichita Collegiate School in 1963, and Jean founded the Independent School in Wichita in 1980.

Miner, a native Wichitan who earned his bachelor's degree from WSU, has been a faculty member since 1969. He has written a number of books, including a recent published history of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, "Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000," and "Uncloistered Halls," a history of WSU.

Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones

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