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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

$1.5 Million Grant for Sentef Chair in Modern Languages


Susan and Joe Sentef

A generous contribution of $1.5 million from the Sentefs, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, will create a faculty chair in their names in the UM Department of Modern Languages. The department, within the College of Liberal Arts, is home to Chinese and Arabic language flagship programs – two of only a few such federally funded critical language programs in the nation.

“My experience at Ole Miss was really special,” said Joe Sentef, a 1978 alumnus. “My professors played a large role in guiding me toward success. German professor Dr. Ron Bartlett was one of my favorite professors who truly cared about his students and urged them to work to their unseen potential. I think that’s the role of a good professor: to set their students on a path to success.

“With this gift, my wife, Susan, and I hope to attract or retain and reward professors who share those values and truly dedicate themselves to their students. Although the University of Mississippi School of Medicine gave me the training to succeed in my medical career, I never would have been there without the Department of Modern Languages.”

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