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President Scott L. Scarborough, Ph.D.

‘Paying Back and Paying Forward’

Dean Lakeesha Ransom, Dr Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams, President Scott Scarborough

Dean Lakeesha Ransom, Dr Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams, President Scott Scarborough.

President Scott L. Scarborough announced the naming of the Dr. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College at a Feb. 3 ceremony in recognition of a $3 million gift that raises the Williams’ lifetime commitment to the University to more than $10 million.

Dr. Williams, retired chief of general surgery at Summa Health Systems, said the gift is payback to his alma mater and community for making his extraordinary career possible. It also is a way to “pay it forward” for current and future students, added Mrs. Williams, a former schoolteacher and community volunteer. The Williams, who met as UA undergraduates in 1968, are beloved community advocates devoted to their hometown. Story and video.

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‘I believe the best universities are not those that admit the fewest.  The best universities in this country are those that give the most students the best chance at the American Dream—the chance to earn a college degree and live a more fulfilling life.’

Scott L. Scarborough
“The Power and the Promise
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Investiture Ceremonies, September 19, 2014


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