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UT announces gift from Cooper Tire CEO and wife, dedicates leadership institute

The University of Toledo College of Engineering will announce a $1 million gift from Roy Armes, CEO of Cooper Tire and a 1975 UT mechanical engineering graduate, and his wife, Marcia, during a ceremony thanking the couple Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. in the Thomas & Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center, located in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex.

The gift will benefit the Engineering Leadership Institute, which was launched with philanthropic support from the Armes family in 2009 by Dr. Nagi Naganathan, dean of the College of Engineering, to provide leadership opportunities for 12 to 15 sophomores and juniors in the college.

Students in the newly named Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute are nominated by department faculty and are selected by a rigorous process that includes personal interviews with the dean. The students will participate in seminars, team-building exercises, and public speaking opportunities, including attending one or more national conferences.

Joining Naganathan at the ceremony to dedicate the Roy and Marcia Armes Engineering Leadership Institute will be UT President Lloyd Jacobs, as well as Roy and Marcia Armes, and UT College of Engineering faculty and staff.

Media Coverage
The Blade (March 20, 2014)
WTOL 11, 13 ABC and WNWO (March 21, 2014)


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