When longtime Law Professor Arthur Andrews retired from full-time teaching at the Rogers College of Law on Friday, December 12th, some of his former students waited in the wings with a surprise announcement of their own – a half-million dollar endowment in his name.
A trio of Andrews’ former tax students from the early 1970’s and their wives started a campaign to establish the Arthur W. Andrews Professorship more than a year ago. Gerald (’72) and Phyllis Hawley, Steve (‘71) and Jenny Phillips, and Larry (’72) and Claire Wilson ‘worked’ alumni lists, wrote letters and personally solicited other alumni who had taken Andrews’ popular classes in income taxation, administrative law and criminal procedure. Donations surpassed the $500,000 dollar threshold necessary to endow a permanent professorship. The group has plans to proceed towards a goal of $1 million for an endowed Chair in
Professor Andrews has been a member of the law faculty for 36 years, during which time he has been active in guiding the law school curriculum and institutional direction, serving a stint as Associate Dean of the College. Still, Rogers College of Law Dean Toni M. Massaro says “as important as he has been to the institution, Art Andrews has been even more critical to the legions of students whose careers he has mentored and launched. He has a very big fan club.”
Over the course of his career, Andrews received numerous teaching honors. The Student Bar Association twice selected him for its Outstanding Professor Award. He received the Distinguished Mentor and Teacher Award from the College in 1999 and 2000, and the award was later renamed for him. In 2000-2001, he was given the University’s Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award.
“This is really stunning,” Andrews said, “not everyone has been as lucky as I’ve been, being able to pursue a profession that I enjoy so thoroughly.” He expressed “heartfelt gratitude for all of the good wishes, which far exceed my worth.”
Professor Andrews will continue to teach part-time at the College.
For more information about the Andrews Chair, please contact Vicki Fleischer at (520) 621-8430 or at email@example.com.