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Houston couple gives $3 million to UA engineering college

Posted: December 2, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE — A $3 million gift from a University of Arkansas graduate will create an endowed position at the university's College of Engineering.

Kevin and Marie Brown of Houston donated the money to establish an endowed department head chair in the University of Arkansas' Ralph E. Martin department of chemical engineering.

Kevin Brown is a native of North Little Rock and a UA graduate. He now serves as senior vice president of refining for LyondellBasell Industries in Houston, which is the third-largest independent chemical company in the world. He also serves as a member of the executive committee for the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers Association.

The department is now searching for a new department head. College of Engineering Dean John English said the gift will make "a crucial impact."

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