The gift will establish the Dr. Rebecca Burchett Liebert Dean's Fund in support of scholarships for undergraduate students from eastern Kentucky, with a focus on young women and students who reflect the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion. In recognition of the commitment, the college will rename its academic leadership position the Rebecca Burchett Liebert Dean of the College of Engineering.
A native of Paintsville, Kentucky, Liebert is executive vice president of PPG, a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, and specialty materials.
"This transformative gift will not only elevate the field of engineering but reflects our mission to create a diverse, vibrant community with the most talented students from right here in the Commonwealth," said UK president Eli Capilouto. "Dr. Liebert is opening the doors of UK to young women in eastern Kentucky aspiring to become engineers and making their dreams a reality. I am beyond grateful for her generosity and her commitment to providing affordability and accessibility to higher education to help build our next generation of leaders."
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