NORMAN — A $1 million gift to the University of Oklahoma will establish a journalism chair in honor of longtime OU staff member Paul Massad.
The Paul D. Massad Chair in Strategic Communication in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication will continue Massad's more than half century legacy at OU, said President David L. Boren, who announced the gift Thursday at the OU Board of Regents meeting.
The gift from Will and Helen Webster, of Altadena, Calif., was a birthday present to Massad, who turned 76 in November.
“What an incredible surprise. Will and Helen Webster are such special and close friends. The Websters are generous supporters of OU, and I am personally so deeply touched by their gift, which will forever benefit the university and its students,” Massad said in a written statement.
Massad, who earned his bachelor's degree in journalism in 1960, is senior vice president for University Development and director of Major Gifts at OU. He began his professional career during his senior year at OU, working in the Extension Division, now OU Outreach.