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Million-Dollar Gift Creates Faculty Chair in Business

A million-dollar gift from an anonymous donor will establish the College's third endowed chair and the second in the Business Department. The benefactor, a retired Berks County businesswoman, sought an opportunity to support higher education in the field of business although she did not herself have the opportunity to attend college.

The first endowed chair in the Business Department, the William and Mary E.C. Dearden Chair of Business and Technology, supports a new faculty position of assistant professor of business technology and the creation of a new Dearden Center for E-Commerce that will offer information and resources to both the College and the Reading community. A search is currently underway to fill that professorship.

Last year the Dr. P. Kenneth Nase Endowed Chair of Biology was created through a $1.5 million gift by Albright Trustee P. Kenneth Nase, M.D. '55. It was the largest gift from a living donor in the College's 145-year history. Named to the chair is Karen Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and chair of the biology department.

According to Donald. P. Kirkwood, vice president for advancement, "The recent work of The Commission on the Future confirmed the need for substantially increasing the College's endowment, which at approximately $35 million ranks as the smallest among our peer liberal arts colleges. The current work of the college strategic planning committee contemplates a substantial commitment during the next few years to tripling or quadrupling the endowment. Endowed faculty chairs like this chair in business are excellent ways to strengthen the endowment, recruit and reward excellent faculty, and perpetuate the name of the donor or a loved one."

Information Systems Major
to be Offered in Spring 2001

To meet the needs of industry for the next generation of Information Systems (IS) professionals, Albright College now offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems. The program will be offered both as a traditional collegiate day program and evenings in an accelerated format as part of Albright's Accelerated Degree Completion Program.

The new IS program will provide individuals with the knowledge to understand and apply IS principles to whatever discipline they choose. Curriculum and course descriptions, can be found here.

Majors will use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to develop the strong theoretical foundation needed to be able to design, implement and test software systems. Students can also combine IS with another concentration to gain the skills to integrate IS into applications in disciplines ranging from business systems to public policy and social change.

Professor Dan Falabella, chair of the Computer Science Department, said, "There continues to be an increasing demand for college graduates who possess an Information Systems degree. Exhibiting the knowledge and skills that such an IS degree requires, graduates can expect to be in strong positions to compete for managerial and analytical positions in many fields such as software design, database management, network consulting and e-commerce business, to name a few."

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