Private Giving
Penn State Intercom......March 21 , 2002

Leading the Way

The Faculty and Staff Campaign 2002


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Endowment will promote faculty
diversity in business administration

Alumnus William A. Donan's longstanding goal to endow a professorship in The Smeal College of Business to promote racial diversity has been achieved.

The 1968 University graduate has donated $1 million to endow the William A. Donan Professorship in Business Administration. The professorship will be given to qualified candidates whose ethnic or cultural background contribute to the overall diversity of the faculty. It is the first fully endowed and active professorship designed to enhance diversity among the University's faculty, and it is one of several endowments Donan has established. Others include the William Donan Minority MBA Fellowship in 2000 and the William A. Donan Undergraduate Scholarship in 1997.

The new Donan Professorship supports the University's ongoing programs and commitment to diversity. Income from the endowment may provide salary supplements, research expenses, graduate assistantships, education and travel expenses, and support services for the professorship holder or the holder's program.

After graduation, Donan served as an aviator in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of captain. In 1973, he joined Cardinal Healthcare (then American Hospital Supply), a national provider of health-care supplies to hospitals and health-care providers, as a sales representative. He quickly rose to the positions of president of the Medical Products division and president of the Specialty Business division before being named president of the Southeast Region of the company's U.S. health-care business in 1995. Donan retired in September 2001 and resides in the Atlanta area.