POSTED: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:12am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 11:13am
EL PASO — The geological sciences department will receive $1 million from Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Goodell, Ph.D. to help train geologists to become effective and successful entrepreneurs in their fields.
Mr. Goodell is an associate professor of geological sciences at the university, and UTEP said his gift is the largest pledged to the College of Science to date, and it is the largest single gift made by a faculty member to any college or school at UTEP.
His wife, Kathy Goodell said President Diana Natalicio’s leadership and her efforts to transform the campus were important factors in the decision to make the gift.
“She embodies a lot of what we want – to give everybody a chance and the best chance,” Kathy Goodell said of the president’s inspiration.
Goodell, who was born and raised in El Paso, has worked at the University since 1975, according to university records. He received his undergraduate degree in solid-state physics from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in geology.