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Dr. Nedderman Made a Gift to the College's Wendell Nedderman Endowment Fund

Monday, June 4, 2012

Dr. Nedderman

Wendell Nedderman, President Emeritus of UT Arlington and founder of the College of Engineering, recently made a gift to the College's Wendell H. Nedderman Endowment Fund, which was established by W.A. Moncrief, Jr. with a $50,000 gift in January of 2006.  The endowment was created to honor Dr. Nedderman’s “long and distinguished career as president, dean and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.”  The intent was to grow the endowment from gifts made by additional donors to such a time it met the funding requirements to become a professorship.

Flanked by his wife, Betty, and College of Engineering Dean J.P. Bardet, Dr. Nedderman signed a gift agreement that will add an additional $100,000 to the fund.  By use of the Maverick Match, the Nedderman gift will allow the endowment to reach the funding level required to become a professorship. “Professorships are most important to the prestige of a university,” Nedderman said.  “The Dean will now be able to put these funds to good use.”  

Dr. Nedderman was the first Dean of the College of Engineering from 1959-69 and later became the third president of UT Arlington.  In his tenure as dean, he helped develop five accredited undergraduate programs and the College's first graduate degree programs. A Ph.D. in engineering, the institution’s first doctoral program, was approved in 1969. He retired in 1992.