The College of Communication & Information is proud to announce an estate gift from one of its most beloved faculty members.
UT Professor Emeritus Dr. Herb Howard and his late wife (Alpha Day Howard) have made an estate gift that will establish the Dr. Herbert H. Howard and Alpha D. Howard Scholarship Endowment for the college. Mrs. Howard was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea before her passing, and it is with great pleasure that the college accepts their gift to provide a lasting legacy of the contributions that Dr. Howard provided to the college and its students during his 44 years of outstanding service.
In pledging the estate gift, Dr. Howard noted, “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to teach communications students at UT for such a long period of time.” He added that the greatest satisfaction from his teaching career has been the notable success hundreds of his former students have enjoyed in broadcasting and journalistic careers, as managers and owners of media enterprises, and as communications teachers and administrators in colleges and universities across the country.
At the time of his retirement, in June 1999, Dr. Howard completed his 18th year as associate dean of communications for Graduate Studies and Research. In that capacity, he advised hundreds of graduate students and directed numerous master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. He was a full professor in the Department of Broadcasting, now a part of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media.
“On behalf of the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni, I am very grateful to Herb and Alpha for their generous estate gift. This gift will allow Dr. Howard’s legacy to live on through future generations of students, and it will serve as a continual reminder of his outstanding career as a teacher, scholar and administrator,” said Mike Wirth, CCI dean.
This very generous legacy gift moves CCI closer to achieving its campaign goal of $10 million. To date, the college has raised $5.9 million or 59% of its goal.