In the summer of 2020, U of A alumni Sam and Janet Alley generously endowed the university with $2 million to create the online Sam and Janet Alley Master of Science in Construction Management program, the first cohort of students starting the program in January 2021. The 30-hour interdisciplinary master’s program recently celebrated the program’s first graduate, George Boykin.
Boykin is the building systems manager for the U of A’s athletics program. He has nearly two decades of hands-on experience in the construction industry and is a licensed state contractor. Arkansas. “This degree confirms my commitment to the industry, all potential employers, my current employees, and my commitment to continuing education,” Boykin said. “It provides the tools to be more effective and efficient in your current organization or can give you the confidence to start your own business or consulting service.”
The formation of this program is not only the result of the Alleys’ generosity and admiration for the University of Alberta, but it also provides an opportunity that was not available before. “A master’s degree program did not exist for this discipline in Arkansas, and to be able to help create a focused program for students to explore real-world applications in our industry is something I am very proud of,” Alley said.
Boykin views the Sam and Janet Alley Graduate Program in Construction Management as an incredible opportunity for students. “The professors, lecturers and presenters have a wealth of knowledge and decades of industry experience, and it shows in the classroom and the program,” Boykin said. “I’m excited about the momentum this program is already building, and I’m confident this program will bring value to Northwest Arkansas, surrounding states, and more specifically, the construction industry. “
With the graduation of the first student, Mr. and Mrs. Alley have an optimistic view of the future of the program. “It’s important that we continue to hire great teachers and bridge the gap between what happens on the job sites and what students learn in the classroom,” Alley said. “Our industry is constantly changing, and this program should grow with that in mind, providing courses and opportunities for students to address current industry issues and developments.”
Career enhancement opportunities like this are the result of generous donors like Mr. and Mrs. Alley. Boykin said, “I’m excited about my future and the future of the program. I would like to thank Sam and Janet Alley for their gracious endowment to be able to launch this one-of-a-kind program in the state of Arkansas.
About the Sam and Janet Alley Master of Science in Construction Management Program: Sam and Janet Alley’s online Master of Science in Construction Management is the first of its kind in the state and addresses a growing need for construction leadership and expertise in all phases of development. Identified as an essential resource by leaders in the public and private construction industry, this program equips construction managers who already hold a bachelor’s degree with the skills to lead a construction project from concept to completion. . The program is named after Sam and Janet Alley, who have a long history of construction leadership in Arkansas and around the world. For more information, please visit the website.
About the Department of Civil Engineering: The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas was established in 1897 when the College of Engineering clarified the separation of civil and mechanical engineering degrees. The department maintains Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accreditation and ranks among the top 10% of civil engineering schools nationwide according to Best Engineering News. The department has won more than $3 million in fellowships for fiscal year 2021, while our graduates earn an average starting salary of $68,000. To learn more about the Department of Civil Engineering, please see our website.