Eugene G. Sander and Louise Canfield Sander Establish Endowment to Benefit UA Graduate Students
DATE: May 2, 2011
TUCSON, ARIZ. – Eugene G. Sander, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), is retiring on July 1, but his mark on the University of Arizona will be enduring. He and his wife Louise Canfield Sander have created the Sander/Canfield Graduate Student Support Endowment.
The endowment will support graduate-level students within CALS, covering such expenses as tuition, fees, books, travel, conference registration, and laboratory/research expenses.
“Both Louise and I had an opportunity to go to some really good universities because of scholarships—we would love to give another student that start,” Dean Sander stated. “If it hadn’t been for a scholarship I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Dean Sander began his post at CALS in 1987, and served as executive vice president and provost from July 2007 to April 2008. He joined the UA from Texas A&M University, where he was deputy chancellor of biotechnology development. He is trained as a biochemist, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.
He is credited for raising more than $150 million in private gifts for CALS, with a primary focus on faculty support and capital improvements. There are presently 19 endowed chairs and professorships in CALS.
Louise Canfield Sander also joined the UA faculty in 1987 from Texas A&M as a professor of biochemistry. Dr. Sander graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University.
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