UA Foundation Recognizes Gordon A. Ewy, MD, for Fundraising
DATE: October 27, 2010
TUCSON, ARIZ. – The University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees has announced that Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the 2010 Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award recipient.
According to James H. Moore, Jr., president and CEO of the UA Foundation, Ewy was selected in recognition of his commitment and achievements in development. He has consistently guided the interests of donors toward support for programs at the University over his 24-year tenure as director of the Sarver Heart Center.
"Dr. Ewy is a true gentleman, a masterful administrator, and a caring physician," Moore said. "While he does not think of himself as a fundraiser, his kind heart and passion for helping people make a strong case for investments in the Sarver Heart Center. He recognizes that it is not what the University needs, but rather what the donor is seeking to affect that is of the essence in attracting private support."
Clint McCall, senior director of development at the Sarver Heart Center and the person who submitted Ewy's nomination for the award, had high praise for the recipient.
"It is his willingness to listen and act upon what he hears from donors that has brought the Sarver Heart Center 11 endowed chairs, more than any other center on the Arizona Health Sciences campus, and second to just one other college on the entire UA campus," McCall said. "His honesty, integrity and clarity of vision for Sarver, in combination with his desire to fulfill donors' passions, are an impressive combination of traits."
The Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award was established by the UA Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008 to honor UA faculty who set examples among their peers for upholding high standards of performance in fundraising and development efforts. The award is named for longtime UA Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Eugene G. Sander, PhD, who has been an advocate and leader of faculty involvement in the fundraising process for more than two decades.
Last year, the award was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a model for encouraging faculty involvement in fundraising. Previous recipients include Director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Soyeon Shim, PhD, in 2008; and Regents' Professor of Anthropology John W. Olsen, PhD, in 2009.
The University of Arizona Foundation is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the University of Arizona. Managing an asset base of nearly $500 million, the UA Foundation has helped generate more than $2 billion in private funding to support the University. Learn more about the Foundation at uafoundation.org.