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Merrick Family Endowed Professorship in Respiratory Care

Dr. Merrick enjoying the event.
Dr. Merrick

David and Kay Merrick are among Boise State’s elite philanthropists with decades of student and department support. David Merrick served as the medical director for Boise State’s Department of Respiratory Care for more than 30 years. His passion for patient care was matched only by his love for teaching.

Due to his leadership, and dedication, Boise State is nationally recognized as a leader in respiratory care clinical preparation. The gift of the Merrick Family Endowed Professorship in Respiratory Care is regarded as the ultimate recognition achievement and will forever bolster the department he helped create.

Endowed professorships recognize the distinction of faculty members’ prominence in their respective fields, while providing invaluable financial support, above and beyond salary, for use in research, teaching and service activities.

As the university continues to grow and advance the status of its research enterprise, endowed chairs and other endowed positions are increasingly important to competitively recruit and retain the excellent faculty who nurture our students, create new knowledge and maintain Boise State’s trajectory of innovation.

“The value of an endowed professorship cannot be overstated, said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The permanence brings a level of academic prestige to the department, as there are less than 10 faculty endowments within Boise State University and, because of our generous donors, the College of Health Sciences is one of them. These endowments enable people to create innovative ways of teaching and a permanent line of funding for research and service to greatly benefit the student experience.”

Learn more about how the Merrick family recognizes the department and its alumni.

Other Respiratory Care Scholarships. 

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