The recipient of the prestigious 2008 Tower Award is Mr. Donald Beall, alumnus of the SJSU College of Engineering (Metallurgical 1960). The Tower Award is given to individuals who exemplify excellence in their life and work. It is the highest university honor.
In President Kassing's announcement of the award, he remarked upon Mr. Beall's vision and leadership:
"Don has been a passionate advocate of San José State University for over a decade. His most recent gift of $4 million to establish the first endowed deanship at the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering is a testament to his commitment to education. As a result of his generosity, Dr. Belle Wei, dean of the college, has been named the first Don Beall Dean of Engineering. Don believes in empowering people and by giving this endowment, he is ensuring that Belle Wei and future deans have discretionary funds to address the challenges of educating future generations of professionals. His gift will be used to launch initiatives for student success, faculty excellence and cutting-edge multidisciplinary programs such as green engineering, biomedical device engineering, global experiential learning, business education for engineers and professional development for engineering students."
The Davidson College of Engineering is proud to have this honor bestowed upon Mr. Beall!
To read more about the Don Beall Dean of Engineering Endowment go to http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/about/news/don-beall-dean-of-engineering-gift-a...
To read Mr. Beall's profile go to http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/alumni/profiles/donald-r-beall