Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gifts, Funds Elevate Endowment into Chair at OU College of Law

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Gifts, Funds Elevate Endowment into Chair at OU College of Law

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Recent gifts and matching funds to the endowment that created the Kenneth E. McAfee Centennial Professorship in the University of Oklahoma College of Law have elevated the professorship to a chair.

Fred H. Miller, who was appointed to the professorship in 1992, will now hold the Kenneth E. McAfee Chair in Law. A specialist in commercial and consumer credit law, Miller joined the OU law faculty in 1966 and was named a George Lynn Cross Research Professor in 1989.

The McAfee professorship honors the late senior partner of McAfee and Taft, one of Oklahoma's largest and most prestigious law firms. McAfee earned degrees in business and law from OU and taught courses in taxation and estate planning as an OU adjunct professor of law.

"The elevation of the McAfee professorship to the first endowed chair in the College of Law is a fitting tribute to an outstanding lawyer and good friend," said Richard G. Taft, senior member of McAfee Taft.

"The McAfee professorship was the first endowed position in the College of Law to honor a private practitioner and the firm is delighted to have made a commitment to the university to take it to the highest level."

College of Law Dean C. Peter Goplerud said the elevation of the McAfee endowment "allows the holder to advance his or her research, teaching and public service efforts."

"We are proud to have Fred Miller hold the Kenneth E. McAfee Chair," Goplerud added. "His national prominence in the areas of commercial law and consumer law assures that OU law students are being taught by one of the foremost scholars in these areas."

Chairs are endowed at $1 million or more at OU, while professorships are endowed at $500,000.

The original $500,000 endowment to support the professorship was established in 1989 with gifts from the McAfee family, friends, the McAfee Taft law firm, the Sarkeys Foundation and matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. …

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