A new distinguished professorship in business at Kansas University will honor Jordan L. Haines, national chairman of Campaign Kansas, KU's historic $177 million fund drive.
Nancy and Philip Anschutz of Denver have committed $500,000 to establish the Jordan L. Haines Distinguished Professorship in the KU School of Business.
"It is especially fitting that Jordan Haines should be honored in this way," said KU Chancellor Gene Budig. "Campaign Kansas has gained enormously from his leadership, just as KU has benefited from his concern and dedication for four decades.
"The Jordan L. Haines professorship recognizes his leadership in Kansas business as well as his commitment to KU. We are very grateful to Phil and Nancy Anschutz."
HAINES SAID: "I am both humbled and proud of this significant commitment by Nancy and Phil Anschutz for the benefit of the university. Members of the Anschutz family have been longtime, close friends of mine, and by this generous gift they again confirm their affection for KU."
A KU alumnus, Haines received his bachelor's degree in 1949 and his KU law degree in 1957. He is chairman of Fourth Financial Corp., the largest bank holding company in Kansas.
Haines was a member of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1977 to 1984 and has a long history of service to KU. He was national president of the KU Alumni Association and served two terms on its board of directors.
Haines is a member of the Chancellor's Club and the Law Society board of governors and is a trustee for the KU Endowment Association.
HE IS A past member of the Greater University Fund advisory board and in the 1960s served as the Wichita chairman of the Program for Progress, KU's only previous major fund drive.
In 1985 he received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion for unique and significant service to KU and in 1986, the Distinguished Service Citation for service to mankind, KU's highest honor.
"No one represents the University of Kansas more effectively than Jordan Haines," said Philip Anschutz. "We are making this commitment to recognize Jordan and the lasting difference he has made at KU. He is a trusted friend of our family and our university."
Anschutz, an investor in mineral resources, transportation and real estate, is president of the Anschutz Corp. and is widely recognized as one of the country's most successful business leaders. A native of Russell, he graduated from KU in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
ANSCHUTZ, ALONG with his wife, recently committed $6.5 million to Campaign Kansas for the Marian and Fred Anschutz Science Library. He also has made significant contributions to the Adams Alumni Center, to the addition to Summerfield Hall and to the Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
His wife, Nancy Parker Anschutz, formerly of Wichita, is the vice president of the Anschutz Foundation in Denver. The foundation, which helps underprivileged children and their families, provides shelter, counseling and educational opportunities.
Endowed professorships allow outstanding educators to develop nationally acclaimed programs at KU. The prestige of the named professorships and the stipend added to state salaries encourage some of the world's outstanding teachers, administrators and researchers to dedicate their careers to KU.
Campaign Kansas leaders have set a total goal of $16 million for endowed professorships at KU.