Archive for Monday, August 30, 2010

Budigs establish new KU professorship; debate coach named to post

August 30, 2010


Former Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen, have established a new professorship at KU.

Gretchen and Gene Budig

Gretchen and Gene Budig

And Scott Harris, who serves as KU’s debate coach while teaching in the department of communication studies, has been named the inaugural Budig Teaching Professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Harris said he appreciated the selection — especially because there are so many talented professors at KU.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named the first recipient of the Budig Award, and to have my name associated with his,” Harris said.

The Budigs provided the lead gift to establish the $100,000 professorship.

Harris, who has been the KU debate coach since 1991, coached the debate team to a national championship in 2009 and was named national coach of the year in 2006.

The contribution brings the Budigs’ total giving to the university to more than $1 million.

“What is more important than good teaching at the university? The answer is nothing,” Gene Budig said in a release. “There certainly is nothing more important in our society than education. Likewise, quality education is dependent upon exceptional teaching. KU is blessed with an unusual number of able and dedicated teachers, and that has been the case for many generations.”


Olympics 7 years, 8 months ago

Watch out for his baseline fade-away too.

Evan Kuhlmann 7 years, 8 months ago

It is the turn-around jumper that gets me. Congrats Scott

KU_cynic 7 years, 8 months ago

Thanks to the Budigs, and congratulations to the recipient, but . . .

$100,000 for a professorship?

At KUEA's payout rate that's less than $5000 a year --- gross. At current US Treasury yields it's even less.

$100,000 funds a very modest fellowship and no more. Designating this a "professorship" is puzzling. A professorship should require at least a $500,000 -- maybe a $1 million -- gift. That's just the price of peaches these days.

slowplay 7 years, 8 months ago

I'm not sure where you are going with this. Isn't it only a one year endowment? And although it is modest (relative to the larger, multi-year professorships), I don't believe a professorship is based on monetary standards.

deskboy04 7 years, 8 months ago

A nice honor for a talented and hard working teacher.

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