The estate of the wife of a former state senator donated $1 million in August to endow a biology professorship at UVa-Wise, officials announced recently.
The John C. Buchanan Professorship in Biology was established by the estate of Carol Phipps Buchanan in honor of her late husband, a University of Virginia alumnus and former state senator who represented parts of Southwest Virginia.
He operated a medical office in Wise before serving in the Virginia General Assembly for nearly two decades.
“We are deeply grateful … for the generous gift,” said Tami Ely, vice chancellor for development and college relations. “Endowed professorships allowed us to attract and retain excellent faculty at UVa-Wise, which enhances the educational experience for our students.”