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UW, Ellbogen Foundation Create First Endowed Deanship

Jack EllbogenThe University of Wyoming and the John P. Ellbogen Foundation have made history through the establishment of the university’s first endowed deanship in the College of Education.

“The naming of this deanship, first and foremost, is about honoring the vision and intent of the foundation benefactor, Jack Ellbogen, and his core values regarding the essential importance of quality teaching,” says the president of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation, Mary Ellbogen Garland. “We are delighted to support the College of Education’s priority of exemplary teacher preparation, which results in enhanced learning for all students in Wyoming.”

The John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Deanship for the College of Education is the most recent gift from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation to UW and was made possible through a long-standing relationship between the two institutions. The generous support of the John P. Ellbogen Foundation has enhanced the trajectory of the College of Education.

“I am thrilled to see the creation of the John P. ‘Jack’ Ellbogen Deanship for the College of Education -- our first named deanship -- and I am deeply grateful to Mary Garland and the Ellbogen Foundation for making this possible,” says UW President Ed Seidel. “This sends an unmistakable signal that educating our next generation is of the highest importance as we strengthen our ability to fulfill our land-grant mission at UW. Further, this wonderful gift will help attract top candidates from across the country for the role of dean of the College of Education to UW -- and will provide critical support needed to move the college forward.”

To date, the partnership has resulted in significant levels of private funding -- establishing the Mary Garland Early Career Fellowship, the Ellbogen Teaching and Learning Symposium, the William G. Berube Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Ellbogen Dean’s Excellence Fund, the Ellbogen Foundation Early Literacy Fund, the Community Outreach and Partnership Fund in Literacy, and the Ellbogen Graduate Assistantship in Literacy, as well as others.

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