University of Arkansas alumnus Rick Moore has gifted $10 million to the university’s College of Engineering.
Moore was president of the Baton Rouge, La. firm Ford, Bacon & Davis, an affiliate of S&B Engineers and Constructors, for 29 years. He retired in 2020. Moore died this past summer.
According to a UA news release, Moore’s $10 million planned gift will endow funds for scholarships, a professorship, faculty recruitment and provide additional funds to benefit the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering.
The scholarships will give preference to students from Arkansas and those who work while they are in college.
“I cannot overstate the incredible impact Rick’s gifts will have on the college as we set our sights on becoming the destination of choice for students from the heartland to study engineering,” said College of Engineering Dean Kim Needy. “We are so grateful for Rick’s dedication to education and for his amazing generosity in helping our students and faculty achieve their dreams.”
Moore, a native Arkansan, was a non-traditional student at the UA and completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1980.
“I am very grateful for Rick’s generosity, but I’m just as thankful for his example,” said Chancellor Charles Robinson. “So many young Arkansans can relate to the story of someone from humble beginnings who possessed the talent and desire to achieve great things. And they can learn so much from how that person did the necessary work to make his dreams come true and then used the fruits of his labor to uplift the next generation.
“This generous gift will support our land-grant mission of transforming lives through education and research, and it will ensure that young Arkansans will be inspired by Rick Moore’s story for years to come.”