Created in 2000 by alumni of Delta Kappa Epsilon, this professorship establishes an endowed chair to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar to the College of Arts and Sciences. A combined gift of $667,781.82 matched with $334,000 in state funds created a total endowment of more than $1 million. It is the wish of the donors that the person appointed to this position should demonstrate excellence in undergraduate teaching, exhibit exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and make subject matter relevant to the lives of the students.
Delta Kappa Epsilon was founded in 1850. The first Greek organization on campus, Delta Kappa Epsilon set a profound example to the Greek community at Carolina by also becoming the first Greek organization to establish a professorship. Edward “Tee” Baur, a ’68 alumnus, played a strong leadership role in soliciting gifts for the professorship from Delta Kappa Epsilon alumni and contributed the first $100,000 to the fund. He explains that the fraternity chose to fund the College of Arts and Sciences over other schools because “that’s where most undergraduates are and where base learning really occurs.” Plans for the professorship include an annual Delta Kappa Epsilon dinner in the recipient’s honor.