McIntosh Gift To Support Diversity in Architecture and Design

Lanny and Becki McIntosh, alumni of the University of Arkansas, made a $150,000 planned gift to support diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

“Becki and I believe in giving back – to our school, to our professions, to our community and to causes we believe in,” Lanny McIntosh said. “I – and many of my classmates – greatly value our education, experience and relationships with our dean and faculty, so giving back in some meaningful way is a natural thing.”

The couple’s gift will be used to create the Ellis and Rebecca McIntosh Endowment for Faculty Excellence in Architecture, which will not only provide faculty enhancement in the Department of Architecture but also funding for outreach and recruitment of diverse students. The fund will be used to attract, recruit and retain diverse faculty while also providing funding for long-term student outreach and recruitment in Arkansas to create a pipeline for diverse students to enter into architecture education and into the profession.

Funds from the endowment will be used to provide an annual architecture faculty enhancement award or stipend in support of the school’s long-term commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lanny McIntosh is a member of the Fay Jones School’s Dean’s Circle and served as a co-chair of the Campaign Arkansas committee for the school. He has been involved with the school’s professional advisory board and previous capital campaign committees. In 2003, the McIntoshes created the McIntosh Faculty Award in the Fay Jones School, which provides an annual faculty award in recognition of outstanding research or teaching.

The McIntoshes are included in the Towers of Old Main, a giving society for the university’s most generous benefactors.

To read more, visit the University of Arkansas website.