Professor, Wife Make Largest Deferred Estate Gift To UNCP

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PEMBROKE — The largest donation in the history of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has come from one of the campus’ own.

Ben Bahr, UNCP’s William C. Friday chair and distinguished professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and his wife, Alyson, an accomplished artist, have made a deferred estate gift that is the largest in UNCP’s history to establish two endowed professorships at the university — one in dementia science, the other in art. The specific seven-figure amount was not provided.

“Ben and Alyson Bahr are brilliant individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields of expertise. Their endowed professorships will have a lasting impact on UNC Pembroke students by supporting top faculty in dementia science and art. The Bahr’s landmark gift — the largest in UNCP history — significantly elevates the university’s culture of philanthropy,” Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings said.

The two endowed professorships will be instrumental in the university’s ability to recruit and retain high-quality faculty and shape the educational journey of students.

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