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Oct. 30, 2000

RSU Announces Endowed Chair in Communications

Rogers State University has announced the establishment of the Greg Kunz Chair in Communications.

The new distinguished endowed chair was established by Cascade Communications, the parent company of KWBT Channel 12, the Warner Brothers television affiliate in Tulsa.

"This new endowed chair will be the first such chair at Rogers State University," said RSU President Dr. Joe Wiley. "The establishment of the chair will allow RSU to attract top scholars in communications to provide first-rate instruction and mentorship to RSU communications majors."

The endowed chair will reside in RSU's Department of Communications and Fine Arts, located in its School of Liberal Arts.

Earnings from the endowed chair will allow RSU to attract a nationally known scholar in the area of communications and mass media to join the university faculty.

KWBT Channel 12 established the chair through a donation of $250,000, which will be paid over the next two years.

RSU will secure matching funds from the Endowment Trust Fund of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to complete the $500,000 endowment for the chair.

RSU expects to announce the first occupant of the distinguished endowed chair in the fall of 2002.

Greg Kunz was born and educated in Southern California where he received degrees in business administration and law. After his admission to the California Bar Association, his interest shifted to commerce and advertising. Early in his career, he developed one of the nation's largest regional outdoor advertising companies. Subsequently, he co-founded Cascade Communications Ventures, a private equity investment firm. Today, Cascade's holdings include Warner Brothers television affiliates in mid-size markets, including KWBT in Tulsa.

For more information on RSU's programs in communications, call (918) 343-7546 or 1-800-256-7511.