Endowed chairs are a hallmark of a great university. They are an important tradition in education, harking back to 1502, when Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford, England. More than 200 years later the first endowed chair was established in America, the Hollis Professorship of Divinity, created in 1721 at Harvard College. Both chairs are still endowed today, still supporting the work of distinguished professors.
Endowed chairs offer many benefits to the University, the donor, honored scholars and, most of all, students. At Creighton University, endowed chairs help continue a tradition of excellence in Jesuit education. They enable Creighton to offer a more diverse curriculum that is not dependent on usual income sources such as tuition, and they provide long-term financial stability. Endowed chairs also supply the means to attract, retain and honor distinguished faculty members.
The esteemed scholars who are chairholders receive recognition for personal achievements in their fields, and the satisfaction that the University supports research and quality teaching in their discipline. Students are challenged and guided by exposure to the highest quality academic leadership.
Donors who generously endow chairs know that they are not only ensuring academic excellence in teaching and research today, but that theirs is truly a gift to the future. Endowed chairs are living memorials, perpetuating the donorís name, signifying a permanent commitment to quality education.