and wife pledge $2.5 million for professorship, fellowships, scholarships
David and Gladys Hau McNelis
have pledged $2.5 million to establish a professorship in the Carolina
Environmental Program. The McNelis professor will hold a joint appointment
in the program and the UNC School of Public Health's Department of
Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
Their pledge also will provide fellowships in environmental sciences
and engineering through the Graduate School, as well as undergraduate
scholarships in environmental studies.
The professorship is to be administered by the Carolina Environmental
Program, a campuswide interdisciplinary initiative focusing on environmental
learning, research and public service. The gift will allow recruitment
of one of the world's top environmental sciences and engineering scholars.
The graduate fellowships will go toward attracting the best environmental
sciences and engineering students. Those who receive scholarships
will participate in experiential learning at one of the Carolina Environmental
Program's field sites in North Carolina or overseas.
David McNelis is a graduate of the UNC School of Public Health's Department
of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. He is the Carolina Environmental
Program's deputy director and also serves as chairman of the University's
Graduate Education Advancement Board.