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Support the Walter Adams Endowed Professorship

Endowed professorships are one of the most valuable and critical means of recruiting, retaining, and rewarding exceptional faculty. The Walter Adams Endowed Professorship will enable the Economics Department to recruit and retain the highest-quality faculty. It also allows faculty to invigorate research interests, refine and enhance teaching skills and build bridges to academic disciplines.  

Dr. Walter Adams taught economics from 1947 to 1993 and, in our mind, is one of the most beloved and inspiring economics professors ever to grace Michigan State. For undergraduates Walter was best known for Econ 444 and, at the time, the toughest and best economics course at Michigan State University.

Walter Adams carried Michigan State University through a very difficult period of student and establishment relations. His success can be measured by the fact that toward the end of his term, petitions requesting that he remain as president had collected the signatures of some 950 faculty and 20,000 students—approximately half of the entire student body. However, he stuck to his original promise, and on January 1, 1970, Walter Adams returned to what he considered his true calling, economics.

Support the Walter Adams Endowed Professorship and help us continue our tradition of recruiting faculty that exemplify our land-grant mission: academic excellence, leadership, and instructional innovation.

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