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October 5, 2009

Upshaw Family establishes Professorship and Endowment for College of Education and Human Development

The University of Louisiana at Monroe celebrated an extraordinary family during a special presentation announcing the Upshaw Family Professorship in the College of Education and Human Development, Monday, Oct. 5 in the ULM Library.

Former State Senator Randy L. and Rosemary Upshaw Ewing established the professorship in memory of Mrs. Ewing’s parents, lifelong educators Elton Jefferson Upshaw and his wife, Minnie Maxwell Upshaw, and in honor of Dr. Martha Upshaw Anderson, a faculty member who served 33 years with ULM until her retirement this year, and in memory of Anderson’s daughter and ULM graduate, Rosemary Upshaw Anderson.

“Mr. and Mrs. Randy Ewing have created a lasting legacy, not only to this institution of higher learning, but to higher education in general,” said ULM President James E. Cofer. “This professorship, which enables us to build on the excellent reputation already established in the College of Education and Human Development, is a fitting gift to honor and memorialize the outstanding contributions of a family who dedicated their entire lives to the field of education.”

Endowed Professorships, which are managed by the ULM Foundation, are part of the Louisiana Board of Regents Endowed Professorship program. This program was established in 1990-91 to broaden opportunities for faculty recruitment and retention and to enhance the quality of higher education in Louisiana. Each professorship awarded the respected campus provides $60,000 in non-state monies, matched by $40,000 in Support Fund dollars, or supplemental state dollars.

Of the new endowment, Mrs. Ewing said, “My parents, Elton and Minnie Maxwell Upshaw, lived exemplary lives as individuals and education professionals, and this endowment ensures that their values may be passed from this generation to the next. They were the greatest generation.”

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