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Board of Regents Approves Pavel Director’s Chair in Astronomy

Victor and Peggy Pavel

Victor and Peggy Pavel. Courtesy UH Foundation.

On February 20, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents approved the naming of the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Director’s Chair in Astronomy at the IfA. It has been established with a $2 million gift that is part of an overall $10 million estate gift to UH. These funds will give the IfA director the flexibility necessary to enhance the IfA's programs, and to advance the education and research missions of IfA. Funds will be used to recruit and retain talented faculty, support quality research, and provide seed research funding, particularly among promising junior faculty.

This gift was originally announced in early 2013 without the donors being named, but the Pavels gave the UH Foundation permission to acknowledge them posthumously and to explain the reason for the gift: They believed deeply in the value of science education and nature preservation. They felt that UH, with its internationally recognized expertise in these areas, was an excellent investment.