NORMAN — Will and Helen Webster, of Altadena, Calif., surprised longtime University of Oklahoma staff member Paul Massad on his 76th birthday with a $1 million gift to establish an endowed faculty chair in Massad’s honor.
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.
Massad, who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism (public relations) in 1960, is senior associate 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.
He recruited students as director of high school and college relations and kept them connected to their alma mater as the chief executive of OU’s Alumni Association.
In 1990, he was promoted to associate vice president for University Affairs and executive director of Alumni Affairs. In 2000, he moved to University Development.
Massad has received many notable honors throughout the years.
“Paul Massad is a living legend in Gaylord College and at the University of Oklahoma,” Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote said. “We are exceptionally proud that an endowed chair will honor one of our most distinguished and respected alumni.”
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