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Charles Morgan Gives UCA $300K for Science, Tech Faculty

12/07/16 02:57 Pm EDT

News Organization: Arkansas Business

Former Acxiom Corp. CEO Charles Morgan has given $300,000 to the University of Central Arkansas.

The Conway university announced the donation at a news conference Wednesday.

"UCA has made major contributions to the business community through their graduates, and I wanted to show my appreciation and help ensure that this contribution continues," Morgan said in a news release.

The money will create the Charles D. Morgan Endowed Chair of Computer Science Fund, which will support and recruit faculty in the computer science and technology fields. The money will also expand UCA's computer science offerings. Right now, students can earn a bachelor of science in computer science and a master of science in applied computing.

"We are grateful for Charles Morgan's generous gift in support of our efforts in computer science," Dr. Stephen Addison, dean of College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said in a news release. "The support of our local partners in the IT industry is vital to the ongoing development of our programs in computer science and is mutually beneficial to our partners."

On Monday, UCA received $300,000 from Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston to support undergraduate and graduate student research through a new endowed fund that bears the utility’s name.