|Retired longtime University of South Alabama professor and administrator Dr. Pat Capps Covey and her husband, Lee, have made a $2 million estate gift to establish a new endowed scholarship program in the College of Allied Health Professions.
In recognition of Dr. Covey's lifetime of service and financial contributions to USA, the Board of Trustees named the College of Allied Health Professions in her honor. The scholarship program will be named in honor of Mr. Covey.
"Dr. Covey's long service to the University is noteworthy for many reasons, including her role as an educator, her leadership in creating the College of Allied Health Professions, and her distinguished service as senior vice president for academic affairs," said USA President Gordon Moulton. "She and Lee are now serving the University through their philanthropy in establishing this scholarship program which will touch many lives. We are pleased to name the scholarship program for him and the college for her."
"We are very happy to give back to the University that has meant so much to our lives and our community, and the place where I spent 33 years of my career," Dr. Covey said.
"This gift is in honor of my wife and the hard work and dedication she gave to the University. It's a legacy we can leave for the College of Allied Health Professions, and we are very happy and proud to be able to do that," Mr. Covey said.
Prior to her retirement in 2008, Dr. Covey served USA for 33 years as a professor of biomedical sciences, founding chair of the department of clinical laboratory sciences, director of Allied Health Professions, founding dean of the College of Allied Health Professions and senior vice president for academic affairs.
During her distinguished career, Dr. Covey worked diligently to advance many University initiatives, including the development of undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Allied Health Professions; a succession of institutional self-study processes for accreditation renewal by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; creation of the USA Honors Program; development of guidelines for increased student recruitment and retention; development of the University of South Alabama Strategic Plan for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; and, the creation of a partnership with Auburn University to offer a pharmacy doctoral program at USA.
Mr. Covey has been a staunch supporter of USA and the programs and initiatives led by Dr. Covey, as well as a highly respected leader in higher education, government, and business endeavors in the region. He served as vice president for Financial Affairs at Spring Hill College, director of fiscal affairs for the City of Mobile, and president and board chair of the Collegiate Housing Foundation.
The couple's gift of $2 million will create an endowed scholarship program in the College of Allied Health Professions known as the Leeman Harper Covey Scholars Program. It will offer full, four-year scholarships to top students, including tuition, room-and-board and a stipend for books. The program will feature the premier scholarship for incoming Allied Health Professions students and is among the top scholarships on campus.
"It is an honor for all faculty, staff and students -- past, present and future -- to have their college named for its founding dean, Dr. Pat Capps Covey," said Dr. Rick Talbott, dean of the College of Allied Health Professions. "As dean of the College and subsequently senior vice president for academic affairs of the University, she tirelessly dedicated her life to the betterment of the University of South Alabama.
"She and her husband, Lee Covey, continue that support in their most generous gift to the University that will serve to maintain the excellence she fostered throughout her career. Her name on the College will serve both as a perpetual reminder of her leadership and dedication and as a model and challenge for us all to emulate."
"Dr. Covey has given substantially of her time, talent, and treasure to USA over many years, and thus the naming of the College of Allied Health Professions is a perfect tribute to all she has done for the University," said Dr. Joseph F. Busta Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations. "The scholarship fund established in the name of her husband, Lee, will allow us to offer full, four-year scholarships to the very best students in the nation to attend USA."
Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
The Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions enrolls 1,803 in its undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. Its undergraduate programs include: biomedical sciences, cardiorespiratory care, emergency medical services, radiologic sciences, and speech and hearing sciences. Its graduate programs include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, speech-language pathology, audiology, and communication sciences and disorders. To date, the College has awarded more than 4,614 degrees.