PHOENIX -- The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix today named Regents Professor Mark Haussler, PhD, as the recipient of the $500,000 “Valley of the Sun” endowed professorship funded by Salt River Project and the Virginia G. Piper Trust.
A Regents Professor, Haussler has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 39 years for his research in osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases. He has been part of the UA College of Medicine faculty since 1971 and has received a Lifetime Educator of the Year award. He has gained international renown for his research on vitamin D.
“It is most gratifying to see SRP acknowledge the importance of the College of Medicine – Phoenix with this gift,” said Dr. Haussler. “I am honored to be able to represent the medical school and am very thankful to all of our faculty and students for making this all possible.” The SRP donation to the College of Medicine – Phoenix was matched by the standing Virginia G. Piper Trust to create a $500,000 endowed professorship which supports the teaching and research activities needed to develop interdisciplinary training of physicians with other health professionals. The SRP donation was part of a $500,000 gift to the university with the balance going to the College of Science, College of Engineering and the Eller College of Management. The contribution is meant to directly fund UA programs that impact the Phoenix metropolitan area as part of SRP’s support for public education, said SRP President David Rousseau.
“An educated, well-trained work force is essential for our business needs and our state's economic vitality,” Rousseau said. “With these funds, the university will offer substantial programs that will benefit our community and SRP operations.”
Dr. Haussler also was the first head of the department of Basic Medical Sciences for the 4-year-old College of Medicine – Phoenix, located in downtown Phoenix.
“Dr. Haussler has been instrumental in the development of our campus,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix. “He helped select the faculty, build curriculum and set the stage for our success. He is most deserving of this honor.”
Dr. Haussler was announced as the recipient of the endowed professorship at a ceremony held today on campus.