John Brown University (JBU) has received an $8 million grant from the Walton Charitable Support Foundation for its computer science and data analytics programs.
Of the total, $6 million will be used to create an endowed scholarship for students majoring in computer science or data analytics. The remaining $2 million is earmarked for endowing an academic chair for data analytics.
Dr. Linda Vytlacil will serve as JBU’s new data analytics chair. Vytlacil is the former vice president for data science and global data and analytics platforms for Walmart Labs.
“We are excited to expand our academic programs in these critically needed professions,” JBU president Dr. Charles Pollard said in a statement. “This new endowed scholarship will help keep JBU affordable for students seeking to pursue data analytics and computer science in the context of a rigorous Christian comprehensive education.”
According to a university release, JBU is currently seeking to endow a faculty chair in computer science, in addition to the established data analytics chair. To date, the university has raised $1.5 million through donations of its $2 million goal.
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