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International development fund will honor former professor (11/18/2005)

Members of the Kumcu family gathered Nov. 17 when Ball State honored the late marketing professor by naming a lecture hall in the Whitinger Business Building the Erdogan Kumcu Lecture Room. Participating in the ceremony were (from left) daughter Aylin, Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora, wife Emine and daughter Asli.

A new fund at Ball State University will honor a former professor known for helping establish academic ties with Istanbul University in Turkey.

The Erdogan Kumcu Memorial Fund for International Development has been established by the late professor's wife, Emine Kumcu, of Indianapolis through a gift of $49,000.

Kumcu, who died in 2004 after teaching for 21 years in the Department of Marketing and Management, was instrumental in developing the international education component in the Miller College of Business. At the time of his death, he was the director of the Global Media Network, an interactive distance education system that allows students and faculty around the world to interact in real time for classes, seminars and meetings.

The fund will provide financial support to the academic exchange program between Istanbul University and Ball State. The fund will be used for professional development for junior business faculty members of Istanbul University visiting Ball State, or for students of Istanbul University who are or will be studying in the master's programs at Miller College of Business. The fund may be used to cover the recepients' educational, living and traveling expenses.

"Throughout his career Erdogan Kumcu had both an admirable diligence and a sense of humor that made him an extraordinary role model to students and faculty," said Lynne Richardson, dean of the Miller College of Business. "He will be remembered for his drive to make sure every faculty member and student had some kind of international experience. He was a person with a very strong vision for internationalizing Ball State, and he dedicated his life to that." 

Erdogan Kumcu received his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the University of Istanbul. After an academic career in Germany and Turkey, he was at Clarkson University before joining Ball State in 1983.

(Note to Editors: For more information, contact Amy Thomas, associate vice president for endowment and planned gift stewardship for the Ball State Foundation, at (765) 285-7068.)

By Marc Ransford, Media Relations Manager