Friday, March 14, 2014

School of Public Health-Bloomington receives support from IU alumna’s $3.4 million estate gift

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and School of Education will receive approximately $3.4 million from the estate of the late Patricia K. Fehl. The gift, split between the two schools, will provide funding for education and health initiatives.

"As a pioneer in her field, Patricia had an amazing capacity for giving back to her students and colleagues, her community and her profession," said IU Foundation President and CEO Dan Smith. "With this generous gift, she is passing her dedication to education and public health on to future students and scholars at IU by providing them opportunities to make a difference in their own communities."

Fehl spent her career in academia teaching and acting as an administrator in the areas of physical education and sports.  As one of the few female administrators of her time, Fehl was committed to fitness and community health programs, as well as the development of women's intercollegiate athletics.

Fehl's gift to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will provide funding for top priorities including faculty and student support along with research and infrastructure initiatives.

"We are extremely grateful that Dr. Fehl has honored our school with her generous support," said Mohammad Torabi, dean and chancellor's professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. "To be a world-class, futuristic school of public health, it is imperative that private funding is secured to augment resources received from the state and from extramural research funding. Such generosity makes a tremendous difference in the school's ability to recruit high-quality students, attract and retain world-class faculty, and further enhance our research infrastructure. We are truly inspired by her passion and commitment to the School of Public Health-Bloomington."

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