February 22, 2002

Good Morning:

Just recently a number of our faculty were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to our state. The Board of Regents, the body that coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana, recognized four Tulane University faculty members who occupy academic chairs partially funded by the Regents for their "exceptional and laudatory contributions to Louisiana higher education."

The honored faculty members include: Elizabeth Hill Boone, holder of the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, Zeynel A. Karcioglu, holder of the George M. Haik, Sr., M.D. - St. Giles Foundation Chair in Pediatric and Adult Ophthalmic Oncology, William C. Steinmann, professor of medicine and holder of the Jack R. Aron Chair in Primary Care Medicine and Roy S. Weiner, director of the Tulane Cancer Center and holder of the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation Chair in Medical Oncology. I am very proud of their accomplishments and congratulate them on behalf of the entire Tulane community.

This week also brought distinction to our business school. James McFarland was invested as the J.F. Jr. and Jessie Lee Seinsheimer Dean's Chair in Business, John Trapani was invested as the Martin F. Schmidt Chair in International Business and Mita Sujan was invested as the Malcolm Woldenberg Chair in Marketing. Congratulations to all three for being among the best in their field.

I began this week in Cleveland meeting with friends and alumni of Tulane before returning to New Orleans for the meeting of our Board, President's Council and other top administrative groups. These meetings continually remind me of the outstanding alums and friends associated with Tulane who devote considerable time and energy to advancing the institution. I am most appreciative of their efforts.

Tomorrow is the 49th Annual Tulane Educational Conference featuring the Honorable Lindy Boggs as the keynote speaker. This year's conference "Purchasing Louisiana: Life During Governors Carondelet to Claiborne, 1792-1805" examines the momentous events leading up to the Louisiana Purchase. This conference promises to be a fascinating event.

Have a great weekend,


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