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Celebrating New Endowed Chairs

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From left, Dean Carolyn Dever congratulates William P. Caferro, Lynn Enterline, Jane G. Landers, William Luis, James G. Patton and Carl H. Johnson, who were celebrated at a ceremony in May.




Some of the most outstanding professors in the College of Arts and Science have been honored for academic achievements with the awarding of endowed chairs. Being named to an endowed chair is one of the most prestigious honors a university can award.

Some of the chairs are newly endowed, while others are supported by gifts made previously. The gift of endowed chairs makes it possible for the university to recruit new and retain top faculty, as well as provide support for the professor’s work.

The new chairholders are:

  • Larry M. Bartels, May Werthan Shayne Professor of Public Policy and Social Service
  • William P. Caferro, Gertrude Conaway Professor of Vanderbilt History
  • Kenneth Catania, Stevenson – Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Lynn Enterline, Nancy Perot Mulford Professor of English
  • Marilyn Friedman, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
  • Larry W. Isaac, Gertrude Comway Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology
  • Carl H. Johnson, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Michael P. Kreyling, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English
  • Jane G. Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History
  • William Luis, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish
  • Larry May, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy
  • Jonathan Metzl, Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health and Society
  • James G. Patton, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Sandra J. Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry
  • Mitchell A. Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science
  • David C. Wood, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy

The recent Shape the Future campaign allowed the College of Arts and Science to more than triple the number of endowed chairs it had previously. Other endowed chairs are expected to be announced before the end of the school year.

photo credit: Mary Donaldson

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