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Naples Resident Judy Sproul Establishes Chair at FGCU

FORT MYERS, FL Naples resident Judy Sproul has established the "Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management" at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Proceeds each year from this newly-created endowment fund will help the University attract and retain an internationally renowned Eminent Scholar in the field of tropical systems and ecology. It is expected that the scholar's leadership, knowledge and cutting-edge research will positively impact the environment in Southwest Florida for years to come and will enhance the education of FGCU students majoring in environmental studies and environmental science at the University.

In addition, the Eminent Scholar holding the Sproul Chair will conduct lectures and seminars for the community on this topic so important to Southwest Florida.

The University is conducting a national search for this position, which will begin in the fall 2010 semester. Primary work will take place at the University's nearly-completed Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center on the Naples Botanical Garden campus.

"I am pleased to endow the Chair for the Kapnick Center at the Naples Botanical Garden," said Sproul. "Florida has so many beautiful habitats, and I feel it is important to maintain, preserve or restore the land here in Southwest Florida. This Chair will help to educate and research new ways to improve and preserve this valuable part of Florida."

According to Donna Price Henry, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, "This chaired position will further enhance FGCU's environmental mission and will focus national and international interest on research in habitat restoration and environmental management taking place in Southwest Florida. This generous gift from Judy Sproul will benefit the University as we expand our outreach into the Naples community."

Sproul has been a member of the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors for six years. She is a partner of Barron Collier Companies; a partner in The Halstatt Partnership, owner of Grey Oaks; and a partner with Noble House Resorts in LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort.

She is currently a member of the Trinity-by-the-Cove Episcopal Church, the board of directors of YMCA of Collier County, chairman of the board of directors of the Naples Botanical Garden, past director of the Forum Club, and the advisory board for Community School.

In addition, Sproul was selected as the Laureate by Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, and in 2003 was named Outstanding Citizen by Naples Daily News.

For more information, media representatives should contact senior director of Advancement Linda Lehtomaa at (239) 590-1071.

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