Buffalo State College received a $1 million gift establishing the first endowed chair in the 130-year history of the institution. The gift from Eleanore Woods Beals and her husband, Vaughn Beals of Arizona, was used to establish the Woods-Beals Endowed Chair in Urban and Rural Education. Eleanore Woods Beals is a 1950 graduate of Buffalo State College and a former teacher. Mr. Beals is the former chair of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
In making the gift the Beals explained, "The current performance levels of our public school graduates versus those in other countries confirms the need for marked improvements in public education. Buffalo State College's long and productive history, combined with the demographics of its student body (who come from a diverse range of rural, urban, and suburban communities) and its location in the city of Buffalo qualify it well to be a national leader in solving these problems. Buffalo State has already taken a leadership role by creating the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education to identify and address these key issues."
"We strongly support the goals of the Center and particularly look forward to the positive results that will flow from the research and shared experiences that the Center will stimulate," added the Beals. "As in all enterprises, we strongly believe that the quality of leadership determines the quality and timeliness of the results. We are pleased to support the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education so that the attainment of its goals can proceed without delay."
Read a profile of Paul G. Theobald, Ph.D., Woods-Beals Endowed Chair in Urban and Rural Education, Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education.