The Hille Foundation of Tulsa is joining the University of Oklahoma in the fight against diabetes with a $1 million gift to the OU College of Medicine, Tulsa, to establish the Hille Foundation Chair in Diabetes.
“This generous gift from the Hille Foundation will be of enormous benefit to those who suffer from diabetes, especially for those in the Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma area,” said OU President David Boren. “It is an important building block in the creation of an Oklahoma Diabetes Center, which will be a national leader in the fight against this disease.”
The endowed faculty position is designated for the director of the OU-Tulsa diabetes center, currently under construction as part of the new Medical Research and Clinic building scheduled to open at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center in spring 2007.
The director will be responsible for the development of the diabetes center and the creation of a statewide network of services. The University will apply for matching funds from the State Regents Endowment Program to create a $2 million faculty endowment.
“The effect of our gift is dually important to us because we have a particular interest in funding diabetes research and in funding research in Oklahoma,” said Maggie Hille Yar, executive director of the Hille Foundation. “We are very excited about the potential for the OU Diabetes Center and are honored to be able to support it.”
“With this generous gift from the Hille Foundation, OU will lead the effort to improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes and those at risk,” said Dr. Gerard Clancy, dean, OU College of Medicine, Tulsa.