Alumni couple endows student support for higher education

July 06, 2010

A State College, Pa., couple has pledged $50,000 to create an endowment in the College of Education. The John and Gina Ikenberry Endowment for Student Support in Higher Education will support research and travel for graduate students pursuing a doctorate degree in higher education. John P. Ikenberry graduated in 1993 with a master of education degree in higher education and in 1999 earned a doctorate in higher education. Gina F. Ikenberry graduated in 1992 with a degree in broadcast-cable.

The purpose of the endowment is to enrich the College of Education at Penn State's University Park campus by providing monies to support research and travel for graduate students pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education. The endowment is a reflection of the Ikenberrys' appreciation of the benefit that education, and higher education in particular, has had on their family.

John is one of the founders of the State College-based HigherEdJobs.com, a popular online job search Web site for institutions and professionals in academia. Although HigherEdJobs.com launched in 1996, John remained in his position as a development officer in the Smeal College of Business until 1999, when he left Penn State to dedicate himself full-time to the new venture.

Gina taught conversational English in Poland before going to graduate school at Pitt. She then moved Baltimore, where she taught English for several years and met John. They were married in September 2001. They live in State College.

 

  • Gina and John Ikenberry.

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