September 1, 2003
Longtime assistant to founding UCSC chancellor
establishes endowment in his honor
Donor worked with Dean McHenry from 1967 to
By Scott Rappaport
Virginia Ginger Campbell, longtime executive assistant to
UCSC founding chancellor Dean E. McHenry, has pledged a $10,000 gift
to create an endowment in his honor at the University Library.
|Founding UCSC chancellor Dean
McHenry sits for a Time magazine publicity shot in 1962.
Photo: Vester Dick.
The Campbell/McHenry Higher Education Endowment will be established
in memory of Virginias late husband, Don Campbell, and in honor
of her professional partnership with Chancellor McHenry, whom she worked
with from 1967 to 1998.
McHenry was appointed chancellor of UCSC in 1961, more than four years
before the campus opened its doors to the first class of 650 students.
He served for 13 years before retiring in 1974, but remained an active
member of the UCSC community until his death in 1998.
His vision, integrity, and deep commitment to higher education played
an essential role in the successful development of the campus.
Campbell assisted McHenry throughout his retirement as he worked to
help UCSC expand, but at the same time retain its distinctive values.
McHenry believed that as the campus grew, students could enjoy the benefits
of a major research university, but at the same time, avoid the impersonal
environment of a large institution.
Campbells gift is intended to enrich the UCSC librarys
collections in the field of higher education, providing materials on
both its theory and practice. Income from the endowment will be used
to purchase books, periodicals, reference works, archival and special
collections resources, and electronic and nonprint media.
Dean McHenry was such a mentor to me, Campbell noted. I
want to embellish the state-funded higher education collection in his
honor to go far beyond what the library could normally acquire.
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