FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has established the C.W. Snedden Chair in Journalism, an endowment that is expected to bring a nationally recognized print journalist to the Interior.
The endowment is funded by a donation from Helen Snedden, the widow of C.W. Snedden, former publisher and owner of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
UAF Chancellor Marshall Lind announced the university's first fully endowed chair Tuesday. "It can't help but enrich the program for our journalism students," he said. "It can't help but enhance the reputation of the department of journalism."
Snedden said she has been considering establishing the endowment since her husband's death in 1989.
"It is to carry on the work of what my husband has been trying to do for the last 40 years," Snedden said after Lind announced the chair during his fall convocation speech.