Endowed Professorships and Chairs

Enriching the academic environment attracts the brightest students.

Endowed faculty professorships and chairs are crucial for recruiting and retaining the highest quality faculty. The greatest institutions have the best minds, the most creative researchers and the most engaged teachers. A talented base of faculty enriches the academic environment, which attracts the brightest students. 

An endowed professorship or chair is the highest academic award that the university can bestow on a faculty member, and it lasts as long as the university exists. It is both an honor to the name holder of the appointment and also an enduring tribute to the donor who establishes it. 

Endowed faculty professorships and chairs recognize the contributions and accomplishments of senior-level faculty by providing funds for research, helping pay exceptional student workers and creating opportunities for collaboration with scholars around the world. Students benefit from endowed faculty because they learn from some of the most talented scholars in the world and often have the opportunity to work side-by-side with their mentors, gaining real-world experience.

Endowed faculty professorships and chairs are an amazing gift to UNC Asheville and perfect for donors who have a personal interest in a particular area of study or for businesses who want to give back to the university that provides them with workforce talent.