When Dr. Robert (Bob) A. Bohm retires at the end of the year, he will leave behind a legacy that has impacted thousands of economics students from all over the world. Those who perhaps know Bohm the best, members of the Economics Advisory Council, have made a generous gesture to show him just how much he has meant to the Department of Economics at UT. Many of them former students, the council members all give of their time, talent, and treasure in supporting the department. This time, they are supporting its long-time leader.
Dr. Samuel (Sam) R. Carter Jr. (’77,’84) was Bohm’s first doctoral candidate and the “ring leader” behind a grass-roots effort to recognize his mentor’s years of service.
“The relationship between you and your major professor is a special one,” said Carter. “We (members of the advisory council) wanted to honor Bob in a way that would live on, so he will be remembered in perpetuity.”
Carter coordinated efforts to create a faculty award named in Bohm’s honor, the Robert Bohm Economics Faculty Award Endowment. He, along with fellow council member Randy Burleson, made the leadership gift to establish the award and went on to collect generous donations from 100% of the advisory council members. Additionally, Dr. Jimmy Cheek’s Chancellor’s Faculty Support Challenge will match a portion of the funds so that the award may be established and generate earnings immediately. The group surprised Bohm the night before his last meeting with the advisory council in September.
“We want Bob’s successors to have the tools they need to recruit and retain exemplary faculty,” said Carter. “This endowment allows us to honor Bob and creates a way for others to honor him moving forward.”
Those wishing to contribute to this newly created endowment in Bohm’s honor may contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 865-974-6083.