The University of Memphis wishes to acknowledge the generous gifts of its donors,
including the following:
Ring Container Technologies Inc. made a $300,000 gift to establish the Ring Companies Professorship Fund in the Herff
College of Engineering. The donation is one of largest gifts in the history of the
Herff College. The Ring Professorships will allow the Herff College to retain high-caliber
faculty, providing a decided edge to U of M engineering students in the global marketplace.
The professorships will recognize outstanding faculty in the Departments of Mechanical
Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering for their exceptional classroom
instruction and scholarly contributions to the field of engineering. Recipients will
be appointed for three years.
“The generosity of Ring in providing this support for the Herff College of Engineering
is truly a transformative gift,” said Dean Richard Warder. “It will enable us to make
significant progress in our efforts to attract and retain the outstanding faculty
whose instruction and research provide our engineering students with a competitive
advantage in the global marketplace.”
Former Tiger defensive back Reggie Howard endowed a scholarship in the College of Education through his Reggie Howard Foundation.
The foundation offers activities that build leadership skills and self-confidence
in young people. Howard was a walk-on at the U of M and played for the NFL’s Carolina
Panthers and Miami Dolphins. He is the only player to intercept a Tom Brady pass in
a Super Bowl.