Des Moines Register 08-07-06 Geoffroys donate $100,000 to ISU

Des Moines Register
Geoffroys donate $100,000 to ISU
August 7, 2006
Ames, Ia. -- Iowa State University President Gregory L. Geoffroy and his wife,
Kathy, have made a $100,000 donation to the Gregory L. and Kathleen C.
Geoffroy Faculty Fellowship Fund, which helps pay for teaching and research at
The Geoffroys have contributed a total of $250,000 to the fund they established
in 2001.
“We have always believed that the difference between a good university and a
truly great university are the people associated with the institution,” Geoffroy said
in a press release. “This investment in faculty support is the important way to
help attract and retain top faculty and particularly to help beginning faculty get off
to a good start.”
The current holder of the fellowship, assistant professor of chemistry in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Malika Jeffries-EL, was appointed to the
position in 2005.
The faculty fellowship provides Jeffries-EL with additional discretionary money
annually, which may be used in a number of ways including professional
development, creative course enrichment and research.
Geoffroy, whose background is in teaching and research in the field of chemistry,
recently listed faculty support as a top fundraising priority for Iowa State.
The Geoffroys said they hope to eventually to increase support and create an
endowed professorship, which is a higher level of recognition for faculty.