Awarded to the University of Connecticut Foundation, the gift will be used to help raise the nursing school's profile, attract leading nursing faculty, and support research and an additional professorship.
Froman earned bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in education from what is now UConn's Neag School of Education before switching to nursing and completing bachelor's and master's degrees at the university's nursing school. She later served as a nursing school faculty member, department chair, and interim associate dean. In 1991, Froman established a Center for Nursing Research at the university and served as its first director. Later, she served as associate dean for research at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and then as dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Owen is emeritus professor in the Neag School’s department of educational psychology, where he taught and conducted research for nearly thirty years. He later served as a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and as a professor and statistical scientist in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
"This extraordinarily generous gift will support generations of UConn nursing leaders," said Regina Cusson, dean of the nursing school. "Through their long careers in education, Robin and Steve know firsthand the value of an endowed chair in attracting excellent faculty and enhancing our culture of scholarship."