Jackson Hope Fund

Warren J. Bryan ’71
VMI Foundation, Inc.
Ph:  (540) 464-7287


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Dean's Office
210 Smith Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450

Institute Report, June 2008

By Wendy Lovell

The Jackson-Hope Board of Overseers has approved more than $2 million in new grants that address strategic initiatives for academic program development and faculty enhancement in support of Vision 2039. 

“With these awards, the Jackson-Hope Board has committed nearly $11 million dollars to academic program initiatives since the fund was created seven years ago,” said Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, deputy superintendent for academics and dean of the faculty. “Over that period, remarkable and generous Jackson-Hope Fund support has enabled us to add 19 faculty positions, build an undergraduate research program of national renown and provide support for faculty development through travel and leaves.”

One-year grants include $100,000 for faculty development, $118,000 for faculty recruitment, $31,000 for an economics and business department internship coordinator and accreditation expenses, $40,000 to the international studies and political science department for the science and security minor, $10,000 to the modern languages and cultures department for a media center software license and cadet experiential development, $15,000 for academic competitions and $300,000 for the Leadership and Ethics Center.

The engineering division received a $112,000 grant for 3-year support of a civil and environmental engineering lab technician and one-year, part-time positions in mechanical engineering.

Five-year grants include $423,000 for a faculty position in international studies and political science, $424,000 for a mathematics faculty position and $423,000 for a philosophy faculty position.