Pacific University Receives $1 Million from Brim Family
Pacific University recently received a $1 million gift from the A.E "Gene" Brim estate through his family. The funds will be used toward the University''s proposed Professional Studies Building, which will have among its main tenants the College of Educat
Pacific University recently received a $1 million gift from the A.E "Gene" Brim estate through his family. The funds will be used toward the University's proposed Professional Studies Building, which will have among its main tenants the College of Education and a new Child Development Center.
"For more than 90 years, teacher education has been an integral part of Pacific University," said President Faith Gabelnick. "Mr. Brim was himself the son of teachers and he and his family have continued to hold education among society's most important and valuable assets. The Brim family's generosity means so much to us, as Gene was a treasured friend of this institution. "Our nationally accredited College of Education offers comprehensive and innovative programs and is widely recognized for the quality of its curricula, faculty, and graduates," she said.
"The Professional Studies Building will provide environmentally sound, flexible, and dynamic spaces necessary for teaching and learning to sustain the work of those faculty and students."
A former chairman and longtime member of Pacific University's Board of Trustees, A. E. "Gene" Brim was a leading health care innovator. He served as The Brim Companies' chairman and chief executive officer until it merged with Province Healthcare Company in 1996. From 1960 to 1971 he also worked in hospital administration and consulting, including serving as primary consultant to the new Forest Grove Hospital in 1961. He was active in professional and civic organizations. While on the Board at Pacific, Mr. Brim was instrumental in the addition of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, the School of Professional Psychology, and the College of Education. He received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Pacific posthumously in May 2002 in recognition of his exemplary leadership and generosity to the University.
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