Endowed chairs and professorships enlarge the faculty and populate the University with top academic talent. They enable Fordham to attract distinguished scholars who are dedicated to teaching. Additionally, these endowed positions allow faculty members pay closer attention to each student's development. This is a central part of the Fordham mission.
By establishing an endowed chair you are creating a permanent tribute to the person whose name it bears. The name or the criteria of the chair can always be augmented at any time. For many families, adding gifts to an endowment fund has become a time honored tradition. For gifts of $50,000 and more, donors will receive annual reports on the financial status of the fund and profiles of the work scholars are doing with the award.
In addition, donors at this level of giving become members of the esteemed President's Circle, the core group of benefactors who support the University's mission at the highest level.
Read a FORDHAM magazine article on endowed chairs here:
“Big Ideas: Endowed Chairs Raise the Bar in the Classroom and Beyond”
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Saul Cornell, Ph.D.
Saul Cornell, Ph.D., is the Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham.
“People want history to answer our questions, but history answers its own questions,” he says.
“There’s a great metaphor from James Madison— that history is really more like a lighthouse to warn you from dangers that have been. It doesn’t tell you where you will go.”