Glenn and Flavin Glover, both 1973 graduates, recently created The Faculty Enhancement Endowed Fund for Excellence in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. The fund will be used to advance and enrich individual faculty member’s careers, particularly junior faculty, by supporting activities such as travel to professional or scientific meetings; summer research; grant support; research, teaching or extension publications and software, as well as equipment; or other needs and activities that will advance the faculty member’s profession.
Glenn Glover has experienced the school from every perspective, as an undergraduate student; graduate student; research associate; and assistant, associate and full professor. In addition to his research and extension appointments, Glover taught forest measurement and wood procurement courses. He also served as biometrician and director of the AU Silvicultural Herbicide Cooperative, retiring in 2006 as professor emeritus.
Flavin Glover worked as an arts and crafts therapist, program director of adult day treatment and director of clinic operations for East Alabama Mental Health Center from 1972 until her retirement in 1998.
“Over my 31-year career, I grew as the school grew and changed,” he said. “In 1994 I volunteered as chairman of the chool’s building committee to, in part, give back to the school for all that it had provided me over many years – two degrees, financial support while in school, and a rewarding career.”
Understanding the struggle that faculty, particularly early in their careers, often has in developing programs, the Glovers were inspired to develop an endowment that would support faculty enhancement.
“Our hope is that our contribution to the school will help faculty members establish and enhance their careers and become better faculty members as they serve the students, the university, and the people of Alabama, ” said Glenn Glover.