UA Receives $2M Gift for Construction Management Program

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University of Arkansas alumnus Sam Alley and his wife, Janet, are contributing $2 million to create the Sam and Janet Alley Master of Science in Construction Management Program endowment. 

The new degree program, which could receive final approval by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education on July 31, will be housed in the College of Engineering. The Little Rock couple’s gift will also count in Campaign Arkansas, the university’s $1.25 billion capital campaign to advance academic opportunity at the university.

The money will be used for instructor salaries, course development, advertising and online support and speaker seminars.

Sam Alley, who was the first in his family to graduate from college, began working for Pickens Bond Construction Co. while he was a student at the UA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from there in 1979 and immediately went to work as a project manager with that company. 

He went on to co-found VCC in 1987 and currently serves as its chairman and CEO. 

The new degree program will be interdisciplinary in nature and involve the College of Engineering, Sam M. Walton College of Business, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the School of Law. 

Sam Alley is also a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering, was named a distinguished alumnus of the College of Engineering in 2015 and received the Citation of Distinguished Alumni from the Arkansas Alumni Association in 2018. 

He and Janet Alley are life members of the Arkansas Alumni Association and served as co-chairs of the Campaign Arkansas committee for central Arkansas. They are members of the Campaign Arkansas Steering Committee as well.

In 2010, the Alleys established the Sam and Janet Alley Family Foundation Civil Engineering Access Arkansas Scholarship at the university. They are members of the Chancellor’s Society and are counted as Thoroughreds for their consecutive years of giving back to the U of A.