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Dwight W. Allen, eminent professor of educational reform at Old Dominion University, will have an endowed distinguished professorship named in his honor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy and Reform, the first endowed distinguished professorship in the school of education at UMass, and another professorship will be endowed by a $1.7 million grant from Steve Gluckstern, a former student of Allen's.

Allen is a former dean of the UMass School of Education and a former professor at the university. Gluckstern went on to become a school administrator, Wall Street millionaire and consultant.

Gluckstern's gift will be matched by state funds in the amount of $1.3 million to complete the endowment. His father, Robert, provost of UMass during Allen's time there, will receive the second endowed distinguished professorship in his name: the Robert Gluckstern Distinguished Professor of Physics.

The younger Gluckstern anonymously asked Allen to admit him to the graduate program he headed as dean. Only after Gluckstern was admitted to the program did Allen find out Gluckstern's identity and who his father is.

"My time at UMass was the most exciting time of my professional life," Allen said. "It is interesting to know that UMass is perhaps the only university where education alumni are the wealthiest as a group of any in the university."

Entertainer Bill Cosby and writer Jack Canfield of the "Chicken Soup" series of books are also among Allen's graduates.

This article was posted on: April 18, 2001

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