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October 1, 1999

ULM Announces Endowed Professorship in Construction

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Lawson L. Swearingen, Jr., accepted a check Friday from the Contractors Educational Trust Fund establishing a $100,000 Endowed Professorship in Construction at ULM.

Henry Heier made the presentation for the Contractors Educational Trust Fund. Heir also represented the Mechanical Contractors Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Council of the National Electrical Contractors Association. This marks the 36th Endowed Professorship established at ULM which also has nine $1 million Endowed Chairs.

"We think developing scholars and people to work in all areas of construction is very important," Heier said. "We believe in working with students K through 12 all the way up to this level."

"It is very farsighted of Henry Heier and his group to put this money into education," Swearingen said. "I can't begin to describe how great an impact these Endowed Professorships and Chairs have on our University."

According to Dr. Greg Wilson, Head of the School of Construction, this Professorship will be for Mechanical and Electrical Specialties.

"We are excited about our School of Construction and the leadership of Dr. Wilson," Swearingen said. "When we brought Greg on board we said we were committed to moving this program along and in a unique way."

Also taking part in the presentation was Pope' Billeaud, an alumnus of the ULM School of Construction and current member of its Advisory Council. Billeaud represented the Louisiana Associated General Contractors at the ceremonies.

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