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Ring Companies Creates Chair in U of M’s Herff College of Engineering

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Ring Companies

Pictured (from left) are: Dr. Richard Sweigard, dean of the Herff College of Engineering; Bobby Prince, U of M associate vice president for Development; Carl Ring, chairman of the board of Ring Companies; Ben Livingston, president of Ring Companies, and Jim Gilliland of the Ring Companies board of directors.


January 30, 2014 - Ring Companies has completed a $1 million donation to create the Ring Companies Chair in the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.

The Chair will be awarded to a distinguished scholar and teacher in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering who exhibits excellence in engineering education and research.

"Faculty members who are exceptional in both instruction and research are the greatest resources we can offer our students," said Dr. Richard Sweigard, dean of the Herff College. "The creation of the Ring Companies Chair allows us to recruit and retain top quality faculty in mechanical, electrical or computer engineering. We are extremely grateful to the Ring Companies for their generous support and commitment to the Herff College of Engineering."

The Ring Companies' gift was officially acknowledged during a halftime presentation by Provost David Rudd at the Tiger basketball game on Jan. 26.

"We at Ring Companies believe the University of Memphis is an incredible asset to the city of Memphis and surrounding communities," said Carl Ring, chair of Ring Companies. "We know this because we have worked closely with the Herff College of Engineering for many years and have benefited greatly from our association with its faculty, staff and students. We would now like to return the favor by funding this Chair, and by saying thank you to the folks who impact our city and community more than we or they know."

Ring Companies is a privately held, multinational corporation headquartered in Oakland, Tenn.

For more information on the Herff College of Engineering, visit


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