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: 

  • Address areas of critical importance
  • Strengthen a discipline
  • Build a network of experts

To recruit and retain top faculty, Michigan State University seeks to establish 100 new endowed faculty positions in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. 

Have a Lasting impact

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. 

Now, imagine your support making a contribution that lasts forever.

Meet our faculty

See the impact endowed positions are already making at Michigan State, and learn about our annual 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