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Endowed Scholarship Honors Grey

Endowed Scholarship Honors Grey

Scholarship fund a lasting reminder of acting Chancellor Bob Grey and his wife, Kathleen.

(June 27, 2008)

Bob and Kathleen Grey at an event at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center

Bob and Kathleen Grey at an event at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center

UC Riverside must say goodbye to acting chancellor Robert Grey and his wife, Kathleen, but they are leaving a legacy behind.

At a going-away party at the Alumni and Visitors Center on June 12, in front of about 150 invited guests, the campus found a way to create a more permanent connection.

Their parting gift: The Robert and Kathleen Grey Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduate Students.

“A group of us were trying to think about an appropriate acknowledgement of the time he and Kathleen have been here,” said Susan Harlow, interim vice chancellor for advancement. “Since student scholarships have been a priority for him, we thought endowing a scholarship would be a good gift.”

They set out to raise $25,000 for the endowment, and they ended up with nearly $50,000.

Donors were administrators, deans and community leaders. Harlow said the donations continue to come in.

The scholarship will be used to help recruit undergraduate students to the campus.

“Bob is a gifted leader,” Harlow said. “He knew how to draw us together for the goals he set for the institution. He kept the momentum and we didn’t lose any ground.”

When he arrived, Grey said he wanted to make significant progress on the medical school, the school of public policy, ARTSblock, staff climate and student enrollment, and the campus achieved important milestones in each area.

“It has been such a pleasure for my wife, Kathleen, and me to be members of both the campus community and the larger Inland Empire community,” he said. “We were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home, and we’ve made many friends. Please rest assured that we’ll always be watching UCR’s continued success and cheering it on as we reflect fondly on our wonderful year here.”

Donations to the undergraduate scholarship in honor of Bob and Kathleen Grey can be direct donations to the UCR Foundation, with a notation about the name of the scholarship fund.

A video tribute to Grey may be viewed at Farewell to Grey.


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