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Chemistry building named during SFA Board of Regents meeting

February 10, 2017 - University Marketing Communications
Dr. Bob and Kathy Lehmann were recognized at a recent meeting of the SFA Board of Regents, and the university's chemistry building has been named in their honor. Pictured are, from left, the Lehmanns; SFA President Baker Pattillo; and Dr. Scott Coleman, chair of the SFA Board of Regents.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The chemistry building at SFA has been named to honor Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann of Nacogdoches following a recent vote by the SFA Board of Regents.

"Dr. Robert and Kathy Lehmann are a part of this university," said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president. "They have dedicated time, expertise and financial resources to the university, and we are honored to express our admiration and gratitude to them with this recognition."

Dr. Lehmann established the Lehmann Eye Center in Nacogdoches 40 years ago. As an ophthalmologist, he is recognized for his contributions in the advancement of surgical techniques in the management of eye diseases and has been instrumental in bringing new technology to the field of ophthalmology.

His wife, Kathy, attended SFA and serves as the administrator of Lehmann Eye Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

The Lehmanns have contributed to student scholarships and to the advancement of SFA programs including fine arts, modern languages, hospitality, athletics, nursing, the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Women in STEM initiative.

"Kathy and I are extremely honored for this recognition and feel SFA has been a tremendous blessing to us, to our community, to all of East Texas and beyond," Dr. Lehmann said.

The Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building houses the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

"This is very exciting and a great opportunity for the department to improve the learning experiences for chemistry and biochemistry majors as a result of the Lehmanns' generosity," said Dr. Michael Janusa, chair of the department.

For more information about the College of Sciences and Mathematics, visit cosm.sfasu.edu.