Three RSENR Endowed Professors Honored at First UVM Investiture Ceremony
- By Shari Halik
For the first time, the University of Vermont honored dozens of its best and brightest faculty members in a ceremony for endowed chairs and professors. The investiture, or investment by donors, of professors and chairs provides formal recognition of the high esteem they have earned from the University community by virtue of their scholarly achievement. Gifts which create a faculty endowment help to pay for a professor’s salary, as well as enhancements to the recipient’s teaching, research, and other scholarly activities using annual earnings on the donation.
There are currently 84 endowed academic positions at UVM, and three of UVM’s endowed professors are members of the Rubenstein School community.
Professor William “Breck” Bowden is the Robert F. and Genevieve B. Patrick Endowed Chair. The Patrick Chair was established in 2000 from the estate of Genevieve Patrick. Breck conducts a program of research and teaching in watershed science and planning.
Robert Manning is the Steven Rubenstein Professor of Environment and Natural Resources. The Rubenstein Professorship was established in 2013 as part of a gift commitment made by Steve ’61 and Beverly Rubenstein that named the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Bob directs a program of research and teaching in park studies.
Taylor Ricketts is the Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and is the director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. The Gund Professorship was established in 2001 by Gordon and Lulie Gund and their sons, Grant (UVM ’91) and Zachary (UVM ’93).
There will soon be a fourth endowed professorship within the School. A search is currently underway for a David Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy which was announced in October 2013 thanks to the generosity of David Blittersdorf (UVM ’81), a member of the RSENR Board of Advisers.