Auburn University creates professorship in transportation engineering

AUBURN – Auburn University recently created a professorship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering through a donation by H. Vincent Groome III, owner of Groome Transportation, which operates Tiger Transit system. The gift was given in honor of Groome’s father. The Harold V. Groome Jr. Professorship in Transportation Engineering will support an exemplary civil engineering faculty member who specializes in transportation engineering instruction and research.

Auburn has undertaken a professorship initiative that will create 81 endowed professorships across campus. The university has agreed to add $7,500 annually in perpetuity to the earnings of any new professorship endowment established by Sept. 30. Professorships can be established for $150,000 during this period, half the normal amount.

“Professors who engage students create a passion for learning and stimulate the minds and curiosity of students,” said College of Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. “As the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering positions itself to become one of the nation’s top engineering programs, these professorships will help the college attract and retain premier faculty members.”

Groome’s gift provides for the 17th new professorship in the College of Engineering under the university’s initiative. Tony Cantanzaro, Miller Gorrie, Joe McMillan, Allen Reed, William Reed, Ed Reynolds, Walt Woltosz, McWane Inc. and the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council have provided funding as part of the initiative.

“There is considerable competition among colleges and universities to attract quality faculty members who have demonstrated academic achievement and established themselves as experts in their field,” said Benefield. “While maintaining our caliber of faculty and successfully recruiting additional superior faculty, Auburn engineering will continue increasing its professorship endowments to enhance faculty salaries and provide operational support.”

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