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Event honoring endowed faculty premieres

Procession of Endowed Professors
Photograph by Thomas Weaver


Event honoring endowed faculty premieres

For the first time in its long history, the University of Vermont paused on April 16 to specifically honor dozens of its best and brightest faculty members with an Investiture Ceremony for endowed chairs and professors. More than fifty faculty were recognized in the colorful program in Ira Allen Chapel.

The day also recognized the donors whose generous gifts over the years have created UVM’s endowed chairs and professorships. Donations that 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.

In his comments at the ceremony, President Tom Sullivan emphasized the high priority and quick progress that has been made in creating more endowed positions during his tenure. “The leadership team at the university and the UVM Foundation have committed to doubling the number of endowed faculty positions by 2019,” Sullivan said. “When I arrived as president nearly two years ago, we had fifty-three endowed faculty positions. I am proud to say that as of this week, we have eighty-four endowed positions committed by our generous donors, an addition of thirty-one in twenty-two months.’’

See for a video that captures the event and shares the perspectives of faculty, UVM leadership, and donors on the importance of endowed positions. 

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