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D. Graham Copeland Professorship of Civil Engineering

On February 17, 2015 a ceremony was led by The Citadel Provost Dr. Sam Hines and Dean of Engineering Dr. Ron Welch, to bestow the D. Graham Copeland Professorship of Civil Engineering to Dr. Kevin C. Bower, current Department Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering.  

Dr. Bower, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, graduated from Ohio University in 1995 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  He took a job with GPD Associates in Akron, Ohio where he worked for five years while completing his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron in 2000.  He continued his education at The University of Akron on a Distinguished Doctorial Enhanced Scholarship graduating with his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2003.  That same year Dr. Bower took a position with The Citadel's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  In the 12 years of service with The Citadel, Dr. Bower has: 

  • Served as Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 2 years. 
  • Chaired serveral National American Society of Civil Engineering Committees focusing on student development and enrichment. 
  • Published over 75 publications and presentations to educational and technical conferences and journals.
  • Received recognition for outstanding service and teaching over 16 times throughout his career. 
  • Written and been awarded proposals related to student development and special topics in engineering received over $780,000 to fund his work. 


In June of 2014, Mrs. Paola Copeland Groverman approached The Citadel Foundation expressing her desire to establish the D. Graham Copeland Professorship of Civil Engineering in memory of her father, D. Graham Copeland. After graduating from The Citadel in 1903, Mr. Copeland went on to have an illustrious career in civil engineering and is credited with having built a very difficult portion of the Tamiami Trail—the highway that traverses the state of Florida.

Mrs. Groverman’s previous giving to The Citadel, also in memory of her father, funded the Copeland Auditorium, which, at the time of its construction, was a state-of-the-art 140-seat facility acoustically designed to allow for maximum quality audio presentations. With this new gift, Mrs. Groverman hopes to honor the memory of her father while celebrating his achievements in civil engineering.  

Such a gift will transform the Civil Engineering Department into the foremost example of leadership and innovation through a commitment to professionalism consistent with Mr. Copeland’s career.

Purpose of the D. Graham Copeland Professorship of Civil Engineering:

The Citadel Foundation agrees to use the gift to establish the following endowed fund:


The primary purpose of this endowment is to provide funds to support in perpetuity a professorship in civil engineering. The holder of the professorship should value and have a strong commitment to the field of civil engineering. First preference will be given to the Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Should the Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department hold another chair or professorship designation, second preference will go to a faculty member within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department who has full professorship status.


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