New Endowed Chairs named at Duquesne University

Duquesne University President Ken Gormley recently recognized the following faculty members at a campus reception.

Dr. Alan W. Seadler, executive faculty in the Bayer School for Natural and Environmental Sciences, was re-appointed as the Edward V. Fritzky Chair in Biotechnology Leadership. In this role, Seadler, of Washington Township, Westmoreland County, developed Duquesne's M.S. in Biotechnology program and led the process for approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Dr. Ellen Gawalt, chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, was installed as The Hillman Endowed Chair. Gawalt, of Shadyside, is a member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and is a recipient of both the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award and the Bayer School's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Robert P. Sroufe, Jr.,  professor of sustainability, operations and supply chain management in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, was re-appointed as the Thomas J. and Marie C. Murrin chair in Global Competitiveness. Sroufe, of Blawnox, primarily aims to understand what drives sustainability performance and how firms can develop effective environmental management systems to enable the measurement and management of a triple bottom line.

Dr. Anne Burrows, professor of physical therapy in the Rangos School of Health Sciences, was named the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethics. Burrows, a resident of Ben Avon, is a lifetime member of the American Society for Mammologists and is also involved with the American Association of Anatomists and the International Society of Primatology. Burrows has received the Rangos School Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Dr. Rick McCown, professor of education in the School of Education, was installed as the Pierre Schouver, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair in Mission. McCown, of Mt. Lebanon, has served in the past as interim dean of the School of Education and as chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership.

Dr. Peter Gianiodis, an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, was installed as the inaugural Merle E. Gilliand Professorship in Entrepreneurial Finance. Gianiodis, of Edgeworth, is a new faculty member at Duquesne.

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