The gift will establish the Charles R. Jones Endowed Chair in Data Science and Analytics and provide engineering students with increased research opportunities. Jones and his wife, Madelaine Pfau, had planned to contribute to the OU School of Industrial and Systems Engineering upon their passing. After his wife died last year, however, Jones decided to accelerate a portion of the gift to honor her memory.
"Both Madelaine and I were committed to giving back to the schools and programs in higher education that had meant so much to our journeys through life," said Jones, who serves on the advisory board of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the board of visitors for the college. "Data science and analytics is a critical asset for today's students. I want our graduates to be prepared and ready to lead in their careers because of the training they will receive at OU's Gallogly College."
"This transformational gift makes our School of Industrial and Systems Engineering a continued leader in the area of data science and analytics, giving students the hands-on experience and training required to make them rise to the top of recruiter's hiring lists,” said John Klier, dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering . "[The Joneses'] investment will continue to equip ISE students for many generations."