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$350 MILLION for Faculty and Academic Impact

Michigan State University has a legacy of being a dynamic, collaborative academic environment that prospective students and faculty are eager to join. We know that this distinctive environment is poised to generate a significant number of scientific breakthroughs as well as help students find their life’s work. It’s an environment where students, scholars, faculty, and researchers, through immeasurable creativity, discovery, and learning, will make seemingly impossible ideas possible and turn dreams into realities. With private support Michigan State University seeks to establish 100 new endowed chairs and fund important academic and intercollegiate programs in order to retain and attract great thinkers, coaches, and mentors.


Number of Endowed Faculty Positions
  • 1995
  • 2012
  • 2016

In terms of academics, MSU ranks in the Top 30 nationally and 100 internationally. But in terms of the number of endowed faculty chairs and professors, MSU is at the bottom of the Big Ten.

I was recruited to MSU because of the private investment being made in the geology department. Funding makes ideas happen and allows a transfer of the science to live in a better world. Our goal is to bring the technology to places it doesn’t yet exist.

Bruno Basso
Associate Professor
Department of Geological Sciences
College of Natural Science