UALR Fribourgh Award Honors Charles Hathaway

Dr. Charles HathawayCharles E. Hathaway, UALR chancellor emeritus and Donaghey Distinguished Professor, will be honored Thursday, April 4, as the 2013 recipient of UALR’s Fribourgh Award, sponsored by the College of Science.

Hathaway will be the guest of honor at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Tickets are $75 per person, of which $60 is tax deductible, to benefit the college’s Leadership Endowed Scholarship Fund for undergraduates in health, mathematics, and science. For reservations, contact Laura Beck at 501-569-3151 or

“The James H. Fribourgh Award was created in 2010 to honor not only Dr. Fribourgh’s contributions to UALR and the state’s science community but to extend that honor and recognition to others who meet the high standards he set,” said College of Science Dean Michael Gealt.

Hathaway served as chancellor of UALR from 1993 to 2002. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

As chancellor, Hathaway led efforts to advance the university in the areas of research, graduate education, and community engagement. Under his leadership, UALR received a three-year $1 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. He was also instrumental in helping establish the Donaghey College of Information Science and Systems Engineering, now the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, thereby bringing engineering education to central Arkansas.

A native of Texas, Hathaway received a B.S. degree in physics from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and History Institute at UALR.

Professor emeritus Fribourgh, the former science dean and interim chancellor for whom UALR’s Fribourgh Hall is named, was the first recipient of the award. Jerry B. Adams, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Research Alliance and a member of the UALR Board of Visitors, received the award in 2011, and H. Watt Gregory III, a partner in Kutak Rock LLP, was the 2012 recipient.

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