Bonnie Carroll has had a significant relationship with UT’s College of Communication and Information (CCI) and its School of Information Sciences (SIS) since the 1970s. Because of this relationship, Carroll, and her husband Roy Cooper, have established the Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Enrichment Endowment. By establishing this endowment, they will impact the future of faculty, students and the College for years to come.
A longtime supporter of SIS, Carroll is owner of Information International Associates, a small business that provides information management, systems, and technology services to government, academia, the private sector, and international entities. Her company provides SIS students with practicums and internships, and she hires many UT graduates.
“We have had a strong and mutually productive relationship with the College over many years. In addition to the tangible benefits of this relationship, I personally want to see the College continue to be nationally recognized,” said Carroll.
Carroll began her involvement with SIS in the 1970’s when she served as an adjunct professor teaching classes in information science. During the 1980’s, as a professional activist in the American Society for Information Science and Technology, she worked closely with a number of SIS faculty members. As her company grew, so too did her ties to UT. She eventually joined the SIS Advisory Board and later CCI’s Board of Visitors where she currently serves as vice chair. Her company, IIa, has also sponsored an SIS student scholarship for many years.
Carroll and Cooper chose to create this endowment because they understand the value of having quality faculty in the College. “In these economically strapped times, it is critical that we support and keep the best faculty members. My husband and I have focused this endowment to support the work of faculty so that they can continue to develop professionally and tell the world about the great work being done at the School,” said Carroll.
The Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Enrichment Endowment will enable SIS faculty members to attend conferences and network with the professional community worldwide. Carroll hopes this endowment “will encourage innovation through networking connections.”
This gift is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, a $1 billion fundraising effort. The College of Communication and Information’s goal for the campaign, which began in 2005 and runs through 2011, is $10 million.