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UNT Insider | January 2007 Issue | PACCAR Foundation donates $1.5 million

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PACCAR Foundation gives $1.5 million to benefit UNT’s engineering college

From a UNT News Service press release


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President Bataille and PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt Motors Company General Manager Dan Sobic (seated) sign an agreement that brings a PACCAR Foundation gift of $1.5 million to benefit research and teaching in the UNT College of Engineering. Other signers (standing) are Founding Dean of the College of Engineering Oscar Garcia, UNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard Johnson and Chairman of the Board of the UNT Foundation R.L. Crawford. The partnership creates permanent endowments to establish the PACCAR Technology Institute at UNT Research Park and the PACCAR Professorship in Engineering.

PACCAR Inc. - acting through its foundation - has announced a $1.5 million donation to UNT to benefit research and teaching in the College of Engineering.


The gift from the multinational transportation and technology company, which has headquarters in Belleville, Wash., and is the parent company of Denton-based Peterbilt Motors Company, will be administered by the UNT Foundation. It will create permanent endowments to establish the PACCAR Technology Institute at the UNT Research Park and the PACCAR Professorship in the engineering college.


"This PACCAR Foundation gift is an investment in the communities of North Texas with far-reaching international potential through the many lives it will enrich and the educational research it will enhance," says Dan Sobic, PACCAR vice president and Peterbilt general manager. "PACCAR has again demonstrated its commitment to being a global technology leader by helping cultivate the engineering and technology leaders of tomorrow."


About $1 million of the gift will endow multidisciplinary research at the new institute. UNT will supplement the endowment by furnishing state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. The remainder of the donation, about $500,000, will endow the PACCAR Professorship for a full-time, tenured engineering professor.


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President Bataille; Dan Sobic, vice president of PACCAR Inc. and general manager of Denton-based Peterbilt Motors Company; Howard Johnson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; and Oscar Garcia, founding dean of the UNT College of Engineering.

PACCAR is an international leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF nameplates, as well as industrial winches.


Through its Peterbilt operations in Denton, PACCAR has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship with engineering programs at UNT for a number of years.


"We are pleased that through this generous gift we can take our partnership with PACCAR to an even greater level," says Oscar Garcia, founding dean of the College of Engineering. "UNT's new College of Engineering already is renowned for its theoretical and practical multi-disciplinary achievements. Our work complements the many technological innovations of Peterbilt and PACCAR."


The College of Engineering will display PACCAR Technology Institute signage on the exterior and interior of its home in UNT's 550,000 square-foot Research Park facility. The facility is located in Denton on Highway 77/North Elm Street, 4.5 miles north of UNT's main campus.


Peterbilt representatives currently hold positions on both the College of Engineering's and its departments' advisory boards. A PACCAR representative will be a member of the institute's advisory board to help develop and enhance the program.


UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108
Contact: Roddy Wolper (940) 565-2943
Email: rwolper@unt.edu

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January 2007

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