A bequest estimated at $7.5 million from an anonymous donor will establish three or more distinguished professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The donor, a longtime supporter of the College of Arts and Sciences, directed his gift to create professorships in the department of communication and in the department of history, two of the largest academic departments at Carolina. The gift will be made upon the death of the donor.
“We are humbled by the donor’s decision to establish such generous professorships as part of his estate,” said Kevin Guskiewicz, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Faculty support is among our highest priorities, and professorships are a significant tool in bringing the best faculty to teach at Carolina. His gift will have a lasting impact on generations of students.”
Endowed professorships help recruit or retain outstanding faculty by providing salary support and research funding. Professorships funded at $2 million or more provide the most flexibility and are especially needed as competition increases nationwide for top faculty.
Rob Parker, senior associate dean for development and executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation, said that the donor’s own experience at Carolina and his knowledge of the key role that outstanding faculty have in transforming students’ lives led him to make such a visionary gift.
“A gift of this magnitude will have a profound influence on the quality of teaching for our undergraduates and in attracting first-rate graduate students to Carolina,” Parker said. “Exceptional faculty inspire students, who in turn become thoughtful global citizens. We are grateful to the donor for helping ensure the continued strength of our faculty in these two departments.”