The IUP trustees have agreed to rename the university’s writing center in honor of a former professor and dean who passed away in 2006.
The center, which was started in the 1970s and is meant to provide writing assistance for all IUP students, will now be known as the Dr. Kathleen Jones White Writing Center.
The naming follows a six-figure donation from her husband, David, who is establishing an endowment for the center as a way to memorialize his wife and her passion for writing.
White held a bachelor’s degree from IUP, then known as the Indiana State Teachers College, and returned to the university as a professor. She eventually became the dean of the School of Home Economics and retired as the dean of the College of Human Ecology in 1985. She was granted emeritus status in 1986.
Also on Thursday, the trustees adopted a resolution thanking former Provost Gerald Intemann for his service as provost. Intemann was hired as provost, the university’s second-highest-ranking official, under former President Tony Atwater in 2008.
Although Intemann has stepped down from that position, he has remained with the university and is overseeing special projects within the university.
In the resolution, the trustees noted that Intemann helped lead the university during times of tremendous change, strove to maintain high academic standards and worked to preserve the university’s doctoral mission.