Three families create endowed professorships to advance academic programs at ULM

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“Pay it Forward” is a term we hear frequently; however, when it comes to higher ed graduates, “paying it forward” is often influenced by professors or programs that helped them achieve their career goals.

Out of respect for the lifelong impact professors make, three families have each donated $60,000 to establish endowed professorships at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The Louisiana Board of Regents Sponsored Programs matched each gift with an additional $40,000 to establish three $100,000 endowments.

Nick J. Bruno, Jr., Ph.D., President of ULM, and his wife, Linda, have established a $100,000 Professorship in University Honors. Bruno has served higher education in Louisiana for over 40 years, with 13 of those years at ULM as Vice President (2002-2005) and then President (2010-2020).

“Linda and I feel blessed to be a part of ULM’s success as a leader in higher education. Our wish is to further a dedicated faculty member’s efforts to enhance their program in the sciences by providing additional funding year after year. Through our professorship, we believe this goal will be fulfilled. We are grateful the Louisiana Board of Regents Sponsorship Program matches our private donations to increase the impact of our endowment,” Bruno said.

Jan and Gary Luffey (’77 BS) established a $100,000 Professorship in Life Sciences. Both Luffeys were reared in Monroe and have deep roots in this region. Gary Luffey received his degree in biology and has spent the last 35 years as an ophthalmologist at the Green Clinic in Ruston. The Luffeys are long-time supporters of higher education and Gary is a former member of the University of Louisiana System Board. The Luffey Professorship will further enhance ULM’s growth and focus in Healthcare Studies.

Reba and Freddy Nolan (’67 BS) established a $100,000 Endowed Professorship in Business Analytics. As a successful Certified Public Accountant, and former president of LDS I-America, Freddy Nolan has also funded a ULM Superior Graduate Student Endowed Scholarship in the Health Sciences.

“Reba and I established our professorship because we see the value the university brings to the community and want to ensure ULM has the best professors possible to teach and mentor current and future generations of students. We additionally established a superior graduate student scholarship because students wanting to further their education have little financial assistance, unlike undergraduate students, and we want to help graduate students achieve their academic dreams and become the leaders of tomorrow,” Nolan said.

“The ULM Foundation applauds these esteemed donors and their desire to positively impact higher education at ULM,” said Susan Chappell, Executive Director of ULM Advancement, Foundation and Alumni Relations.