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Sam Houston State University Endowment Fund

Name: Sam Houston State University

Assets Under Management: $194.1 Billion (Source: Sam Houston State University on 8/31/2012)

Annual Report: Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012

Portfolio Insights: “Sam Houston State University is an agency of the State of Texas and a component of The Texas State University System and its financial records comply with applicable State statutes and regulations. Sam Houston State University invests its endowment funds to provide funding for scholarships, fellowships, professorships, academic chairs, and other uses as specified by donors.” (Source)

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Top Sam Houston State University Endowment Fund Headlines:

1) Sam Houston State University has received a $25 million pledge from Pennsylvania-based Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc. to support the university’s engineering technology components within the current industrial technology program and to establish a new engineering technology program.

The founder of Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., is alumnus Frederick Pirkle, who graduated from SHSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial arts in 1970 and a master’s degree in industrial technology in 1974. The pledge is the largest gift in the university’s history.

“Sam Houston State University students who are getting a technical education are learning skills for life,” Pirkle said. “Those technical skills are critically important for America in today’s world. Americans are hard workers, and we’re smart workers. I want the students who are touched by this gift to be inspired to contribute to the success of this country and be leaders in the world.” (Source)

2) Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley have announced plans to create a $1 million endowment at Sam Houston State University to enhance various academic programs within the College of Business Administration.

The new new endowment, called the Amato-Dudley Endowed Chair for the College of Business Administration, will be administered by the dean’s office. The college will be able to use the money to help recruit and retain eminent scholars and meet emerging student needs.

Amato and Dudley are the co-owners of San Antonio-based financial services firm SWBC and part owners of the San Antonio Spurs. Amato and Dudley grew up in La Porte, Texas, and they have known each other since middle school. Both men graduated with business degrees from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. (Source)

3) Sam Houston State University’s online education programs once again have earned national recognition in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings, making the magazine’s list of exceptional programs for the fourth straight year.

Among this year’s rankings were No. 5 in “Best Graduate Online Criminal Justice Degree Programs;” No. 7 in the “Graduate Online Information Technology Program;” and SHSU fell within the top 25 percent for “Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs” and in the top third for the “Best Online MBA Programs.”

SHSU offers more than 35 fully online degree programs, including two doctoral programs, as well as 24 online certificate programs. (Source)

4) Dan Rather has donated $2 million to his alma mater, Sam Houston State University — the largest single monetary gift in the school’s 127-year history.

“So many people, known and unknown, helped me to get through Sam Houston State when I was there, desperately trying to make it, that I’ve always wanted to give back — some how, some way — to the best of my ability,” the former “CBS Evening News” anchorman said Tuesday in a statement released by the university, which was known as Sam Houston State Teachers College when he attended.

A Houston native, Rather earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1953 at the school about 75 miles north of where he grew up. The donation — made on the day Katie Couric made her highly publicized debut as his permanent successor — has been designated for scholarships and discretionary spending in the school’s communications program. (Source)

5) The strength of Sam Houston State University is its people. Look anywhere on campus and you’ll see bright, engaged individuals collaborating to make not just the SHSU campus a better place, but the world as well.

People such as Dr. Ilona Petrikovics, associate professor of chemistry, whose student-assisted work on antidotes for toxins in biological warfare will save lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere.

Dr. James Olson, an overwhelmingly favorite history professor among SHSU students. His own battle with cancer led him to explore the subject and write the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History. Students taking his popular lectures will join him in the Dr. James S. Olson Auditorium. (Source)

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