University of Montana Receives $5 Million to Endow Education Chair

University of Montana Receives $5 Million to Endow Education Chair

The University of Montana has received a $5 million gift from an unidentified donor to establish and endow two academic chairs in the College of Education and Human Sciences, the Missoulian reports.

Made in honor of Maryfrances Shreeve, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UM, and her son, William C. Shreeve, the gift will establish the Maryfrances Shreeve Chair in Teaching Excellence in the college's Department of Teaching and Learning, and the William C. Shreeve Chair in Educational Administration in its Department of Educational Leadership. Both departments have been growing, said College of Education and Human Sciences dean Roberta Evans, and the faculty selected to fill the positions will be people who understand the vision and direction of the college and can make contributions to its leadership. UM will announce the recipients of the chairs this fall. Shreeve taught in Montana schools for thirty-seven years, and her son received both a bachelor's and master's degree at UM before launching his own teaching career in Colorado.

"There are no words to adequately describe our deep appreciation for these gifts," said Evans. "It is incredibly generous and highly visionary of this special donor to honor these two individuals this way."

Keila Szpaller. "University of Montana Receives Donation to Fund Two New Faculty Positions." Missoulian 08/07/2017. "A Lasting Tribute: Gift Supports Two UM Academic Chairs." University of Montana Press Release 08/04/2017.