Much like the first chair in the symphony’s violin section or first string on the team, endowed chairs and professorships at Michigan State are the gold standard of faculty distinction and recognition. As the best and brightest in their fields, these leaders carry a special responsibility to:
Endowed positions are unique and magnetic—they create a pull for top faculty and graduate students, adding momentum to a department or program. Supporting faculty with an endowment allows MSU to match highly-talented teams with the resources they need to pursue big ideas.
Imagine your support making a contribution that lasts forever.
To recruit and retain top faculty, Michigan State University seeks to establish 100 new endowed faculty positions in the Empower Extraordinary campaign.
See the impact endowed positions are already making at Michigan State, and learn about our first-ever university-wide investiture ceremony—a celebration of our newest endowed faculty.
Felicia Wu, Hannah Distinguished Professor
Tim Vogelsang, Addy Chair in Economics
N. Edward Robinson, Matilda Wilson Chair in Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Kyle Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities
“Endowed positions provide the assurance that the things you care about most—the things you’re most invested in—will be part of this institution in perpetuity. A chair in a particular area or field assures work will continue on into future generations.” – Provost June Pierce Youatt