On September 22, 2017, Michigan State University hosted its second university-wide endowed faculty investiture ceremony to celebrate the teachers and researchers whose work is the backbone of MSU’s commitment to academic excellence and innovation.
President Lou Anna K. Simon and Provost June Pierce Youatt, have recognized 71 endowed chairs, endowed professors, MSU Foundation Professors, and John A. Hannah Distinguished Professors, who were appointed to positions funded during Empower Extraordinary, the campaign for MSU.
Endowed faculty positions are funded in perpetuity by donors. These positions provide top scholars with financial support and security, along with the acknowledgment that they are actively engaged in leading-edge work at the top of the talent pyramid. At the Investitures, MSU is proud to recognize the donors who are making a difference through their support of faculty positions.
Listen to an interview with Provost Youatt on the importance of endowed chairs for MSU
Professor Christopher Contag, the James and Kathleen Cornelius Chair, speaks on behalf of endowed faculty