Great professors attract outstanding students. And great students inspire the best faculty. Together, they will continue to make life-changing discoveries and provide leadership in their chosen professions and in their communities.
Retaining distinguished thought leaders and recruiting the next generation of scholar-educators requires resources. Endowed professorships recognize extraordinary achievement both in the quality of teaching and the impact of scholarly research. Since our founding, alumni and friends have endowed nearly 400 professorships. They are the highest honor we can bestow on our faculty.
Endowment gifts also make it possible for faculty to establish research centers that attract other leading professors and graduate students and to enhance the stature of the university. Income from these permanently invested funds enable faculty to pursue studies that can have a lasting impact on society.
Because our international reputation for excellence rests upon the strength of our faculty, endowed professorships and research support are among the best ways to reward exceptional, innovative work, to advance research breakthroughs, and to attract and retain our finest teachers and scholars.
Together, we will work to secure a minimum of $625 million for support of faculty, including new endowed professorships and other endowed funds.
Learn about endowed professorships at Washington University.