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McClain Professorship Established by Department of Nutrition

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 4, 2010) – In addition to previously providing scholarship opportunities and helping to establish a new department, the largest private gift in the history of the University of Central Missouri is generating funds for a new professorship in the College of Health and Human Services. The Regina Myers McClain Endowed Professorship is being established by the Department of Nutrition through a bequest made to the UCM Foundation. Available July 1, 2011, it is the first professorship established with the college and one of only four professorships at the university made possible by private gifts.

“The professorship highlights the department and the discipline of dietetics and nutrition by allowing us to identify a noteworthy faculty member to serve in this esteemed role,” said Rick Sluder, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

He noted that an individual will be chosen every two years to serve as the McClain Endowed Professor of Nutrition. With this role, they will receive support in meeting expectations that include conducting and publishing research, mentoring students and promoting student research, promoting the Department of Nutrition, and advancing the discipline. Funds related to the professorship also cover scholarship opportunities for the chosen professor, support student travel and summer assistantships, and assist with travel and continuing education opportunities. The funds also provide support for community involvement activities in which the professor may be involved, such as conducting workshops and classes or hosting guest speakers. 

 To be considered for the professorship, a faculty member must hold a full-time appointment in the Department of Nutrition as an assistant, associate or full professor of dietetics and nutrition. The department was created July 1, 2009, consistent with the wishes of the donor, and soon will be housed in the newly renovated Morrow-Garrison complex, along with the Department of Kinesiology.

“The creation of the Regina Myers McClain Professorship is another example of the highly positive and far-reaching effects of the extraordinary gift from Ms. McClain, and it truly helps to complete and fully establish the academic unit as the Department of Nutrition,” said Lance Ratcliff, department chair. He added that the professorship is the collaborative effort of many parties, and it will benefit the department for many years to come.

“I have no doubt that Ms. McClain would be pleased to have the assurance for such a positive impact, as well as the care and responsibility used to ensure it,” Ratcliff said.

Regina Myers McClain resided in Rolling Hills Estates, CA, prior to her death in 2001. A former
Lee’s Summit resident, she graduated from UCM in 1935 with an English degree. Although she devoted most of her life to teaching, she spent many years after World War II living and working in Europe, where she became an astute businesswoman. When she returned to the United States to live in southern California, she taught at Los Angeles Harbor Community College.

In her declaration of trust, she stated the purpose of her bequest to UCM was to establish a Department of Nutrition and to use excess funds for a scholarship to help students in the nutrition field who are in need. The Regina Myers McClain Scholarship and the Regina Myers McClain Distinguished Scholarship were established in January 2010.