The former provost at Rochester Institute of Technology has pledged $300,000 to the college of liberal arts to assist the college with two initiatives.
Stanley McKenzie, provost emeritus and literature professor at RIT, used his gift to create the Stan McKenzie Salon Endowed Fund. This fund will allow faculty, staff and students to gather to discuss research and current events, provide an honorarium to featured speakers, help with event marketing and provide released time for up to one course for a faculty coordinator each academic year.
In addition, extensive renovations will create the Stan McKenzie Commons to “provide a comfortable, intellectual and social environment for faculty, staff and students,” RIT officials noted. The renovation will include new equipment, furniture, technology upgrades and hospitality services, as well as renovations to the entrances and exits to the college of liberal arts building.
“While I thoroughly enjoyed my years serving as provost and earlier in student affairs as director of judicial affairs dealing with student misconduct, my heart always remained in the college of liberal arts as a professor of English,” McKenzie says. “The highlight of academic life for me is talking with colleagues about what we are teaching and the scholarship we are all doing; hopefully this gift will enhance that environment even more.”
McKenzie joined the RIT English department in 1967 and taught for 34 years before being named provost and vice president for academic affairs in 1994. He retired in 2001.
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