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Endowment Honors Novak

Published: March 29, 2011

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA) is proud to announce the creation of the Terry Novak Public Service Endowment in honor of one of the university's most respected professors, who passed away in 2009.

The university and its faculty and staff, the Spokane community and most notably Barbara Novak and the extended Novak family, have joined together to create a $25,000 endowment to provide an annual scholarship to an Eastern student who is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree. Eligible students must intend to have a career in the public service sector.

Terry Novak was a professor for EWU's Graduate Program in Public Administration (PADM) and had an extraordinary career as a public servant, both professionally and as a volunteer. During his career, he served as the city manager of Hopkins, Minn., Columbia, Mo. and Spokane, Wash. In 1991, Novak left local government to pursue opportunities in higher education. Over the years, he served on the boards of professional organizations and intergovernmental committees for the city of Spokane, Spokane County and the state of Washington. In his final years as a professor, Novak was an advocate for those programs and support structures that assisted in helping Eastern students who were looking to make a difference in their communities.

"I knew Terry for many years, through the many variations of his distinguished career," said Niel Zimmerman, the interim dean of EWU's College of Business and Public Administration.
"As our strongest connection to the professional community, Terry was an important element of our Public Administration Program. He was an inspiration to his students and his colleagues. We miss him but are proud to be able to remember him through this scholarship."

In addition to his role as a professor in public administration at Eastern, Novak served as the program's chair for a time. Novak also previously held the position of vice president for
Business and Finance at EWU, and also served as interim director of the Riverpoint Campus on behalf of Washington State University.

During his life, Novak championed the role of mentor. He knew how powerful that role could be in a person's life. He was inspired by students who overcame great challenges and provided great leadership and expertise to the greater Spokane community and beyond.

Barbara Novak is appreciative of everyone's efforts to make this dream possible and knows that Terry's legacy has "come to life" with the creation of this endowment.

Continued donations to the endowment are welcome. Gifts can be made to the EWU Foundation, attention Terry Novak Endowment, 102 Hargreaves Hall, Cheney, Wash., 99004.

 

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