Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the 2010 recipient of the Eugene G. Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award from the University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees.
James H. Moore Jr., president and CEO of the UA Foundation, says Dr. Ewy was selected in recognition of his commitment and achievements in development. He consistently has guided the interests of donors toward support for programs at the University during his 24-year tenure as director of the Sarver Heart Center.
“Dr. Ewy is a true gentleman, a masterful administrator, and a caring physician," says Moore. "While he does not think of himself as a fundraiser, his kind heart and passion for helping people make a strong case for investments in the Sarver Heart Center. He recognizes that it is not what the University needs, but rather what the donor is seeking to affect, that is of the essence in attracting private support.”
“It is his willingness to listen and act upon what he hears from donors that has brought the Sarver Heart Center 11 endowed chairs, more than any other center on the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus, and second to just one other college on the entire UA campus," says Clint McCall, senior director of development at the UA Sarver Heart Center. “His honesty, integrity and clarity of vision for Sarver, in combination with his desire to fulfill donors' passions, are an impressive combination of traits. The Sander Endowed Faculty Fundraising Award was established by the UA Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008 to honor UA faculty who set examples among their peers for upholding high standards of performance in fundraising and development efforts. The award is named for longtime dean of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Eugene G. Sander, PhD, who has been an advocate and leader of faculty involvement in the fundraising process for more than two decades.
Last year, the award was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a model for encouraging faculty involvement in fundraising. Previous recipients include Soyeon Shim, PhD, director of the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, in 2008; and John W. Olsen, PhD,Regents' Professor of Anthropology, in 2009.
The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center in Tucson, Ariz., emphasizes a highly interdisciplinary research environment fostering innovative translational or “bench-to-bedside” research. Working toward a future free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, the center’s more than 150 scientist and physician members collaborate with the goal of applying new findings from the basic sciences to the clinical arena as quickly as possible.