University of Montevallo alum establishes endowed Spanish chair

Christiane Jacobson and Eric Jacobson pledge $500,000 to English and World Languages Department

University of Montevallo.

Christiane Jacobson and her husband, Eric Jacobson, have pledged $500,000 to create the Christiane Angele Jacobson Endowed Spanish Chair in English and World Languages at the University of Montevallo.

Eric and Christiane Jacobson.

Christiane Jacobson is a 1960 alumna of the university, and she is making the gift in honor of Elizabeth Stockton, a former Spanish professor who taught Jacobson.

“An endowed chair in Spanish language and literature in the Department of English and World Languages enables the university to offer additional incentives in the recruitment and retention of the best and brightest professors, and provide student support through scholarships,” said Scott Dillard, vice president of advancement and external affairs.

The chair will be awarded to a professor who will be selected by the dean and provost. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the endowed chair will be used to fund one or more merit-based scholarships for a student studying Spanish.

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