February 3, 2014
A gift from Danny and Lenn Prince of Dallas will establish the Danny and Lenn Prince Chair in the Baylor School of Social Work. The Danny and Lenn Prince Chair will greatly enhance Baylor School of Social Work's development of programs to prepare professionals in the field of gerontology.
"Danny and Lenn Prince have honored Baylor University with their generosity and their unwavering enthusiasm for the University's future - a future in which Baylor will increasingly serve as an agent of inquiry and change in the world," said Baylor President Ken Starr. "In particular, their gift will empower our faculty and students in the School of Social Work for decades to come."
The endowed chair furthers Baylor School of Social Work's mission to advance social work knowledge, values and skills in a Christian context.
"This Chair is an investment that transforms what the School of Social Work can do in the preparation of social workers to be advocates and resources for older adults to come, when we cannot even yet imagine what the opportunities and challenges will be for aging adults and their families," said Diana Garland, PhD, dean of the Baylor School of Social Work. "The resources the Prince family have provided will support not only a faculty member to bring focus to this important stage of human life in what we teach our students, but also the research we conduct and the models of care we are able to develop. Endowing a faculty position and the research that faculty member will be able to lead with students - there is no more meaningful way I can think of to invest in generations to come."
"I've had a passion for seniors all my life, having grown up near my grandparents on both sides and having owned long-term, skilled nursing facilities for some period of time," Danny Prince said. "The concept we're trying to implement here is not just to create a chair or endowment for studying theoretical gerontology, but it is to create a practical application through real experiences so that students will be well-grounded in values of care and well-rounded in the hands-on skills necessary for success when they graduate."
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