Eoff Student Affairs Naming Project Surpasses $250K Goal

Pictured above (left to right): Ms. Nancy Knous, CFP, Dr. Jim Eoff (’69, ’70), Dr. Billy Joe Regel (’72), Dr. Jana Fuqua (’77), Dr. Steve Schwab, UTHSC Chancellor and Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, Dean, UTCOP.

Dr. James C. Eoff, III is a beloved College of Pharmacy faculty member with a 40-plus-year career in the College. Dr. Eoff earned his Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the UT Health Science Center. He joined the faculty in 1970 and currently serves as Executive Associate Dean. In addition to his service to the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, Dr. Eoff has served on and provided leadership to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy, Tennessee Society of Independent Pharmacists, and Tennessee Pharmacists Association. He received the UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award on four occasions and the UT Alumni Association Distinguished Community Service Award.

Dr. Eoff announced he will be leaving full-time service with the University in 2013. In November 2011, three very engaged pharmacy alumni and associates had the idea of finding a way to honor Dr. Eoff’s many years of service to the College. Dr. Jana Fuqua (’77), Dr. Billy Joe Regel (’72), and Nancy Knous, CFP, knew that Dr. Eoff’s former students, pharmacy peers, family and friends would want to participate in an effort to honor his hard work and dedication to his college and profession.

The College of Pharmacy moved into a new $60 million, 186,300 square foot education and research facility in August 2011. As with any new capital project, the building has numerous naming opportunities for offices, suites, and various areas throughout the facility. The Student Affairs Administration Suite caught the attention of the pharmacy alumni committee. Dr. Eoff’s greatest legacy to the College of Pharmacy is likely his advocacy for students. He has worked tirelessly to counsel students from the time they apply for admission through their graduation and beyond. Because the committee believed that naming this suite after Dr. Eoff would best reflect his involvement and support of the student body, the committee claimed this space with the goal of raising the necessary $250,000.

“This was definitely planned as a grassroots outreach effort,” said Jada Williams, Director of Annual Giving, who coordinated emails and mailings for the alumni committee. “Peer-to-peer contacts were a key element in spreading the word about the project and helping reach the monetary goal of $250,000.” Williams said that there has never been a class agent outreach such as this at UT Health Science Center. “We have had such a positive response to this effort that we are planning many more class agent-type projects in other colleges for the coming spring.”

The outcome of this project has been so much greater than just a dollar amount. So many pharmacy alumni, friends and colleagues have been in contact with one another to discuss the project. Many had not heard from classmates since graduation and were reconnected through their support of Dr. Eoff and the College of Pharmacy. “These wonderful gifts mean so much to Dr. Eoff, the student body, and the future of the College,” said Dean Marie Chisholm-Burns. “Thanks to the support of so many former students, friends and family, we will not only name the Student Affairs Suite in the College in honor of Dr. Eoff, we will have funds available to support our pharmacy students as they work toward a bright future in the pharmacy profession.”

Dr. Eoff and Dean Chisholm-Burns received a holiday surprise on December 19, 2012 when the pharmacy alumni committee, joined by the Development & Alumni Affairs staff, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and several other guests, came by with a cake to announce that the goal had been reached…and exceeded! “We aren’t through yet,” said Dr. Jana Fuqua. “We will accept gifts and pledges for this effort as long as people want to give.”

A celebration to unveil the naming plaque in the James C. Eoff Student Suite will be planned for early 2013. All pharmacy alumni, friends and Eoff family members will be invited to this exciting event.