The University of Denver considers endowed positions an affirmation of accomplishment. Endowed positions do not go to people whose best work is behind them. They are awarded to professors whose research, scholarship and creative work have the potential to change lives for the better.
Gregg Kvistad, Provost
When University of Denver supporters endow a professorship or a faculty chair, our first response is to express gratitude. We could not be more delighted by these votes of confidence in our work.
Our second response is to toast the benefits that come with every endowed position.
Each honors the worthy person it is named after. Each also honors the work — and the potential — of the faculty recipient. By paying tribute to remarkable people, endowed positions inspire all of us to do our best work. They make a huge difference in a university’s productivity and its culture.
By funding scholarship and research, endowed positions provide resources to retain a respected professor or lure a groundbreaking researcher/teacher to its ranks. They enhance a university’s reputation and a faculty member’s chances of securing an important research grant. And they allow an institution to invest in the most significant factor in student success: outstanding faculty.
Like our peers across the country, the University of Denver considers endowed positions an affirmation of accomplishment. We also consider them a call to action. Endowed positions do not go to people whose best work is behind them. They are awarded to professors whose research, scholarship and creative work have the potential to change lives for the better. In other words, awarding an endowed position is our way of asking, “What’s next?”
We ask that question fully expecting to be dazzled. After all, our faculty members are creating works of art that stir the soul. They are conducting foundational research that promises new therapies for debilitating diseases. They are helping business leaders make sense of the economy and create opportunities for growth. And all of them, no matter what discipline engages their passions, are working closely with students to help the next generation realize its potential.
As part of Ascend, The Campaign for the University of Denver, we are raising funds to support our “human infrastructure” — the load-bearing men and women who create new knowledge and help us make sense of our complex world. Please join us as we ask, “What’s next?”