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Carroll/Cooper Legacy Gift Creates SIS Distinguished Professorship

Roy Cooper & Bonnie Carroll (l-r) with IIa & UT hatsBonnie C. Carroll and Roy H. Cooper, Jr. have crafted a legacy gift to create an endowed distinguished professorship for the School of Information Sciences.

When realized, the Carroll/Cooper Endowed Distinguished Professorship will provide the CCI dean and SIS director with the funds required to attract and support a world-class faculty member for the School of Information Sciences.

“The information science profession is a quickly expanding field with a growing list of companies and organizations that need people with specialized knowledge and skills, “said SIS Director Diane Kelly. “This generous gift from Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper is particularly important because it will help SIS meet the ever-changing classroom and curriculum leadership challenges we face as we educate future information scientists.”

Bonnie Carroll is founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Information International Associates (IIa) based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Carroll has participated in research and development projects related to information and knowledge management around the world. She is executive director of CENDI, the federal scientific and technical information managers’ group and ex officio on the National Academy of Science, National Research Council’s Board of Research Data and Information. Carroll has served as the first executive secretary to two White House Science office Interagency Working Groups. During her career she has served as a consultant to many foreign and international organizations and governments.

Carroll has received numerous awards including being named one of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 for her work through CENDI to harness “the energy of scientists across government and around the world to launch the first government Web portal of science information.”

Carroll is a member and past chair of the CCI Board of Visitors on which she has served since 2003. She and her husband, Roy, have also generously provided an annual SIS faculty award to recognize and support outstanding faculty research, teaching, and service. This year’s Bonnie Carroll and Roy Cooper Faculty Award was awarded to Associate Professor Bharat Mehra at the 2017 Hooding Ceremony.

IIa has awarded scholarships and provided internships to many SIS students over the years as well.

Carroll holds a BA from Cornell University and an MS in library and information science from Columbia University.