UW News

August 29, 2005

UW engineering creates university’s first deanship with $4 million gift

A $4 million donation from Frank and Julie Jungers will create an endowed deanship in the University of Washington’s College of Engineering. This is the first endowed deanship ever created at the UW.

“This wonderful gift comes at a propitious moment, as we search for the college’s next dean,” said UW President Mark A. Emmert. “This endowment will enable us to offer a more competitive salary and also provide the new dean additional funds for innovation in education and research. Most private funding is designated for specific purposes. This gift will give us another tool in attracting the very best individual for this key position. We’d like to thank Frank and Julie Jungers for their generosity.”

Frank Jungers graduated from the UW in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent most of his career in Saudi Arabia, ultimately serving as chairman and CEO of Aramco, the Arabian American Oil Company, one of the largest oil corporations in the world.

“It’s my hope that this gift will ensure that the College of Engineering is able to obtain the very best leadership available,” Jungers said.

For many years Jungers has been a generous donor to–and an active volunteer for–the UW, particularly the College of Engineering. In 1987 he established the Frank Jungers Endowed Professorship in the college. Through additional gifts, he increased that professorship to a chair.

Jungers and his wife divide their time between Portland and Bend, Ore. They have also been generous donors to Oregon Health Sciences University in support of multiple sclerosis research.


For more information, contact Tricia Thompson, director of marketing and communications, College of Engineering, 206-616-1776, thompson@engr.washington.edu.