RSU seeks matching grants for third endowed position

Friday, August 3rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) _ Rogers State University will seek $250,000 in matching funds for its third $500,000 endowed position in a one-year period.

RSU has created the John W. Norman Endowed Chair in Business Information Technology. School officials have raised $250,000 in funds for the chair and will seek the matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The two-year community college in Claremore has added three such positions since gaining accreditation as a baccalaureate degree granting program in August 2000, school president Joe Wiley said Thursday.

The chair's funding began with an anonymous gift of $166,000 to the RSU Foundation. Friends of John Norman and RSU then donated gifts and pledges to raise the $250,000 necessary to qualify for the regents grant.

Norman is an Oklahoma City trial attorney who received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has served in several high-ranking positions with the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is past-president of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association.

The person to be named to the new position possibly by fall 2002 will have an office in the RSU School of Business and Technology.