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Crowley, Mary Lynn Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics
The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics was established in 2012 by Thomas R. and Mary Lynn Crowley in honor and recognition of Mrs. Crowley’s dedication to teaching, focus on student success, and vision for strengthening the talent supply chain for the food industry.
An associate lecturer in The University of Akron’s College of Health Professions’ (formerly the colleges of Fine and Applied Arts and Health Science and Human Services) School of Nutrition and Dietetics since the early 2000s, past part-time faculty member in the University’s School of Home Economics and Family Ecology, and co-collaborator in the founding of the School’s Food and Environmental Nutrition (FEN) program, which was launched in 2011, Mrs. Crowley is a highly sought-after professor. She receives high praise from her students for the knowledge she imparts in the classroom and the wisdom they gain from working with her in the laboratory.
Mrs. Crowley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in food science from The University of Akron in 2000. The relevance of her thesis, titled, “Chefs' Attitudes Toward Technically Altered Food: A Study of Awareness and Willingness to Purchase,” is timeless, as evidenced by local and worldwide food movements and investigative media reports on genetically modified and processed foods. Mrs. Crowley has worked for The Hoover Company and as a consultant to the Food Media Industry. In 1996, she was recognized with two Market Awards from the Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and an Outstanding Business Professional of Northeast Ohio award.
Thomas R. Crowley, Mrs. Crowley’s husband, is retired chairman and president of Gasko Products in Medina, Ohio. Prior to purchasing Gasko Products in 1975, Mr. Crowley held various financial and managerial positions with Eagle Picher Industries. Mr. Crowley is a graduate of the University of Detroit. He served on the board of directors of the Gasket Fabricators Association from 1983 to 2001 and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Crowley is also a member of several Irish-American organizations. He and Mrs. Crowley are the proud parents of Kate and son-in-law Marc Lascko.
Generous philanthropists, Mr. and Mrs. Crowley support the Thomas R. and Mary Lynn Crowley Scholarship for the College of Health Professions’ School of Nutrition and Dietetics and the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall Flying Balcony Club School at The University of Akron. They are also significant benefactors to Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron and support Our Lady of the Elms Schools. In recognition of their giving, past and present, to The University of Akron, Mr. and Mrs. Crowley are members of the Society for Tomorrow and President’s Club.
In addition to her own philanthropy, Mrs. Crowley is instrumental in attracting new benefactors to her alma mater as evidenced by the establishment of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Business Professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences scholarship at the University. Most telling about the altruistic spirit of the Crowleys is that they give their time to the organizations they support. In this regard, Mrs. Crowley served on the University of Akron’s (former) College of Fine and Applied Arts Advancement Council.
The purpose of The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics in The University of Akron’s College of Health Professions is to attract a new, high-caliber individual to The University of Akron for the Food and Environmental Nutrition program to fill an existing and open position within the FEN program. Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Food Science or a related Food Science Ph.D. degree that provides the best academic foundation for career-minded Food Industry students.
When hiring a new faculty member to fill an open position for the Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics’ FEN program, a portion of the Crowley funds may be used to supplement the salary of an existing position in order to attract a senior faculty member with outstanding credentials. The remainder of the fund may support research, provide laboratory equipment related to the Crowley Professor’s research, and bring distinguished guest lecturers in the Food Industry to campus based on an annual budget determined by the Mary Lynn Crowley Professor in consultation with the director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics. The proportion of available funds that will be used for a salary supplement shall be determined by the dean of the College of Health Professions in consultation with the director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is expected that Mary Lynn Crowley Professors will have a strong work ethic, a forward-looking view about the Food and Nutrition industry, and a commitment to making a difference in the lives and careers of their students.
In the event that an existing and open position for the Crowley Professorship does not exist at the time of the gift, The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics may be used to support a visiting professor in food science for the FEN program until such time that an open faculty position in the FEN program becomes available. In the case of a visiting professorship, the Crowley funds may be used to support the salary of a prominent individual, not currently associated with The University of Akron, whose expertise will enrich the FEN curriculum for students. The selection of The Mary Lynn Crowley “Visiting” Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics rests with the dean of the College of Health Professions, in consultation with the director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, as determined by the academic needs of the FEN curriculum.
In the unlikely event The University of Akron discontinues its School of Nutrition and Dietetics and/or FEN program, the University may re-purpose The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics to support related food industry studies and/or to pursue National Food Science Initiatives. If The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics is re-purposed, the name of the endowment shall be changed to The Mary Lynn Crowley Professorship in Food Science.