BLOOMINGTON, In. – NSF International has honored founding O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean Charles F. Bonser with a major contribution to Indiana University.
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The $50,000 gift will support the proposed O'Neill School Center for Cultural Affairs, the culmination of Bonser’s multi-year effort to establish IU as a national leader in the field of cultural policy and management.
Bonser served as dean of the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs from its launch in 1972 until 1989. He remains on the faculty as Ameritech Professor Emeritus in the O'Neill Institute for Development Studies.
“I believe deeply in SPEA’s mission and am proud of all that we accomplished,” Bonser said. “I’m grateful to my colleagues at NSF for this gift that will make possible a significant step toward launching the SPEA Center for Cultural Affairs.”
O'Neill School faculty will lead the Center. Its initial goals include defining and advancing the field of cultural policy and management, fostering high-quality research by a national network of scholars, and training doctoral candidates.
“Dean Bonser has given so much in so many ways to the O'Neill School over the years,” said O'Neill School Dean John D. Graham who also currently serves on NSF’s board. “The arts have always been one of Chuck’s passions and we deeply appreciate the gift from NSF. It will help us achieve the Center’s goal of catalyzing research and creating the next generation of scholars in understanding the place of culture in public life.”
Bonser recently resigned after serving on the NSF Board of Directors for 34 years. Noting Bonser’s long service, NSF Chairman Dick
Dean Bonser at the dedication of the O'Neill School, 1972.
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Dr. Charles F. Bonser first joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Business in 1961 as a lecturer. Following a period of government service from 1963-65, he rejoined IU as an assistant professor and associate director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. In the fall of 1971, Bonser was appointed as special assistant to the president of Indiana University. In this assignment, he prepared the plan for the O'Neill School and was appointed the first dean of the School in 1972. Bonser retired from full-time academic service in 1998, although he continues an active agenda with IU on a part-time basis. In