Alumnus William R. Eubanks Forms Valuable Connection through Generous Gift

CCFA Voices, Edition 26 Summer 2007

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With showrooms in New York, Palm Beach and Memphis and a clientele from coast to coast, University of Memphis alumnus William R. Eubanks is a widely recognized and highly regarded interior designer. During more than thirty years in business, he has received many industry awards and honors, and his work has been featured in top design publications.

Keenly aware of “the need to provide students with the best tools possible,” Eubanks has established The William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series in Interior Design, an endowed fund that will bring prominent designers and scholars to the University each year. As an alumnus with genuine regard for both the professional and practical education of students, Eubanks created the lecture series to bring students and professionals together for a valuable dialogue and to boost the University’s design education. More than 200 guests attended the spring inaugural lecture by Frank T. Koe, former director of restoration at Scalamandre New York, and Dean of the New York School of Design. Koe also led an informative workshop for interior design students, focusing on industry practices in fabric design, production and function.

At the conclusion of the lecture, Eubanks announced that he has also established the James Weaver Memorial Scholarship in Interior Design, a tribute to the late University of Memphis alumnus who was a William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc. employee, known throughout the local design community for his integrity and high standards. Eubanks’ generous gifts will directly impact instructional programs and form a new and valuable connection between the design industry and the University’s interior design program.