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Joe and Charlotte Ware President’s Innovation Fund established

The Lamar University Foundation has announced a new endowment. The Joe and Charlotte Ware President’s Innovation Fund has been established for use by the president of Lamar University to further the mission of the university.

This is not the first time the Wares have served as benefactors to Lamar. Several years ago they established the R. Joe Ware Presidential Scholarship in Earth and Space Science.  The President’s Innovation Fund may be used to support teaching, research, service and professional development activities of faculty, as well as funding for new programs or for enhancement of existing programs.  The fund may also be used for student scholarships or to assist with other student activities.

“I am most grateful to Joe and Charlotte Ware for their generosity,” said Lamar University President James Simmons. “Funds such as this are a real asset to a president as they allow us to meet the special needs of students and faculty that are not in the budget. This is truly a wonderful gift.”

Joe Ware received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Lamar in 1958. He spent more than 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, beginning his career in 1965 with Burroughs Wellcome and Company. In 1968, he accepted a position with Lederle Laboratories as a sales representative, advancing to sales manager and eventually rising to the level of product manager.  Ware became Southeastern Regional Vice President of Barr Laboratories in 1985, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world. He served in that position until 1993 before ascending to the presidency of VersaPharm, where he served until the company was sold in 2007.

Ware stays active today by serving in his church as a deacon and on the long-range planning “Dream Team.”  He has participated in a number of professional sales training courses and marketing programs through the Columbia University School of Business. He and wife Charlotte live in Atlanta and have two children and six grandchildren.

For more information about establishing an endowment, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.