Walton Family Foundation Joins with Hotz Family to Create Endowed Dean’s Chair

The College of Education and Health Professions created the Henry G. Hotz Endowed Dean’s Chair in 2015, thanks to a gift of $1.5 million from Palmer and Marie Hotz of Foster City, California, and a $2 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation.

The chair is the first of its kind in the college and was named in honor of Palmer and Hartman Hotz’s father, Henry G. Hotz, who served as the college’s fourth dean for nine years.

The gift honors an influential person in the history of the college, officials said when it was announced. The college is home to nationally respected departments and programs, and the dean’s chair supports continuation of the upward trajectory.

Dean Henry G. Hotz
The dean’s chair provides resources to further the dean’s contribution to teaching, research and public service.

Henry G. Hotz graduated from Oshkosh State Normal College in Wisconsin and received his doctorate from New York City’s Columbia University. He came to the University of Arkansas as a professor of secondary education, having previously taught at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He was named acting dean of the College of Education in 1934 and dean in 1936. He spent all but two years of the remainder of his career at the university.

Dean Hotz’s son Palmer Hotz is a retired senior scientist and professor who received a bachelor of science in physics from the University of Arkansas and his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. His wife, Marie Brase Hotz, also holds a doctorate from Washington University.

“I am pleased to be able to make this contribution to the University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions to honor my father’s contributions to education and administration as dean,” said Palmer Hotz. “I believe, as he did, that an educated public is the necessary keystone of a thriving democratic society, and I anticipate that this gift will help perpetuate the ideals which he embodied and taught.”

Because of their philanthropy, the Hotzes are recognized in the Towers of Old Main, a giving society for the university’s most generous benefactors. They are also members of the Chancellor’s Society, life members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and are recognized as Thoroughreds, a group of benefactors recognized for their consecutive years of giving to the university.