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Sager's Support Student Success

September 19, 2011 — This summer, thanks to the support of Harry and Anne Sager, and an infusion of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science is undergoing significant classroom renovations to improve the physical space for students and faculty.

The Sager family helped make the classroom improvements a reality with their gift of $10,000 to supply modern chairs, tables, and other furniture for classrooms in the engineering building. This important gift is essential to supporting quality student learning—and ultimately long-term student success—for years to come.

Committed to supporting student achievement and success, the educational environment is a key component in attaining our goal. The much-needed renovations include upgrades to the fire alarm system, door hardware, lighting, acoustics, ventilation, and audio and video equipment to classrooms that have not been updated for many years.

Following his services in the U.S. Navy, Harry Sager, B.S. civil engineering 1951, joined Conoco in 1955, working in oil production. In 1964 he was assigned to Conoco's international operations where he held various executive positions including chairman and managing director of Conoco Ltd., in London and North Sea oil field development manager. He was a pioneer in development of underwater oil storage, oil spill cleanup, and oil platforms. In 1986 he was appointed vice president, North American Production, Conoco, and Vice President of E.I. Du Pont; in 1991 he was appointed group vice president of Du Pont. His leadership was known in various professional organizations and in 1985 he was named one of the top ten most influential leaders in the petroleum industry by the Petroleum Management Magazine. Sager was inducted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame in 1999, and served on both the UW Foundation Board and National Advisory Board for the college.

Harry and Anne Sager have been generous financial contributors to UW for many years, supporting the Colleges of Engineering and Applied Science and Agriculture and the George C. Frison Institute of Anthropology. In 1998, they funded the John A. Hill Conference Room in the College of Agriculture to honor Anne's grandfather, a former College of Agriculture dean and UW vice president. Anne has volunteered her efforts in the education and care of handicapped children and both Anne and Harry are active in their community. As we turn our attention to the important components of every classroom: quality, comfort, and up-to-date furniture, we realize there are many more classrooms that need significant upgrades. Please consider a donation to the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science today, assist us in providing quality education to the leaders of tomorrow.


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