Dr. Leon Fischer Named Mary Dixie Mullin Endowed Chair
Dr. Leon Fischer, chair of the Cameron University department of agriculture, has been named Mary Dixie Mullin endowed chair in the sciences. He will utilize the endowment to maintain and support Cameron’s Community Garden as well as conduct other agriculture projects.
“Dr. Fischer continues to be an asset for Cameron University and the surrounding agriculture community,” says Dr. John McArthur, provost. “I am confident the resources from the endowed chair will be put to good use through his leadership.”
A 1977 Cameron alumnus, Fischer joined the Cameron faculty in 1991. In addition to serving as department chair, he is a professor in the department of agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. in crop science from Oklahoma State University. He was honored in April 2010 with the university’s Location of Choice Award for his role in establishing, organizing and maintaining Cameron's Community Garden, which provides a vital service to the community and forges a meaningful connection to Cameron's agricultural past.
Established in May 1994, the Mary Dixie Mullin endowed chair in the sciences supports applied research with emphasis on activities related to organic food production, provides information on the above activities and research results to the agricultural community through outreach activities which may include public lectures, and supports the incorporation of results into regional agricultural practices in a manner which increases production and profit. The endowment was established through a gift by the late Joyce Mullin Hansen of Santa Monica, Calif., in memory of her mother.
The Mary Dixie Mullin endowed chair in the sciences is one of 73 faculty endowments at Cameron University, the most of any regional university in Oklahoma. Endowed faculty positions make a direct contribution to the quality of teaching and learning at Cameron by enabling academic endeavors that would not otherwise be possible.