Woods-Beals Endowed Chair for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education
In September 2004, Buffalo State College received a $1 million gift for the establishment of the first endowed chair in the 130-year history of the institution. This gift, from 1950 Buffalo State graduate and former school teacher, Eleanore Woods-Beals, and former Harley Davidson, Inc. chair, Vaughn Beals, was used to develop the Woods-Beals Endowed Chair in Urban and Rural Education.
When making their gift, the Beals’ explained,
“The current performance levels of our public school graduates versus those in other countries confirms the need for marked improvements in public education. Buffalo State College’s long and productive history, combined with the demographics of its student body—who come from a diverse range of rural, urban, and suburban communities—and its location in the city of Buffalo, qualify it well to be a national leader in solving these problems.
Buffalo State has already taken a leadership role by creating the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education to identify these key issues. We strongly support the goals of the Center and particularly look forward to the positive results that will flow from the research and shared experiences that the Center will stimulate. As in all enterprises, we strongly believe that the quality of leadership determines the quality and timeliness of the results. We are pleased to support the Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education so that the attainment of its goals can proceed without delay.”
Dr. Paul G. Theobald served as the first Woods-Beals Endowed Chair for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education until 2010.