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UT Arlington Distinguished Alumna invests in Goolsby Leadership Academy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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ARLINGTON - Distinguished Alumna Jackie Fouse (BA ‘82, MA ‘84) gave $250,000 to benefit The University of Texas at Arlington's Goolsby Leadership Academy in the College of Business.

The College of Business will match the gift for a total of $500,000 to establish two endowments: the Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair and the Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Scholarship in the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Fouse is chief financial officer of Bunge Limited, a leading global agribusiness and food company founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, N.Y. Fouse served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Alcon from 2002 to July 2007.

"I know firsthand of the quality, workforce-ready professionals that the Goolsby Leadership Academy produces," said Ms. Fouse, who was honored as a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumna in 2004. "I'm deeply honored to support my university and our future business leaders. It is an outstanding institution that prepares bright and motivated scholars to start their professional lives ready to contribute to an organization with the highest level of aptitude and integrity."

Daniel Himarios, dean of the College of Business, called Fouse a loyal and dedicated alumna and friend to the College of Business. "We are grateful to her for making such a meaningful investment in the college and the academy," Himarios said." It is a pleasure to establish two endowments to honor Jackie, who has been one of our best advocates. Her longtime devotion to our students will continue in perpetuity."

Fouse credited the anonymous donor who provided the critical initial contribution to found the Goolsby Leadership Academy and John and Judy Goolsby for their leadership in the program since 2003.

"Because of these founders, the academy exists and it has grown into the top-notch program it is today as a result of the efforts of the College of Business staff and Goolsby faculty," Fouse said. "I couldn't think of another program to which I would rather contribute."

The Goolsby Leadership Academy is a two-year program to prepare select junior and senior undergraduate business majors for future roles in leadership. The Academy provides rigorous study in the areas of leadership development, management and decision-making, emotional competence, ethics, performance measurement and team building.

Goolsby scholars receive scholarships and are chosen through an intensive process that includes several interviews, essay writing and an oral presentation concerning leadership.

The Academy was established in 2003 through a $2 million anonymous gift made in honor of John Goolsby (BBA `64) and his wife Judy. John spent 18 years with the Howard Hughes Corp., the last eight as chief executive officer. He serves on the UT Arlington Development Board and is a member of the College of Business Advisory Council.

Before working at Bunge and Alcon, Fouse was chief financial officer at SAirGroup from 2001-02. She worked at Nestle from 1993 to 2001, serving as group treasurer from 1999 to 2001. Earlier in her career, she worked at Celanese Chemical and LTV Aerospace and Defense. Fouse earned a bachelor's of arts and master's of arts in economics from UT Arlington.


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