Endowed Professorships

Recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty across every discipline is a top priority for the College. The optimum avenue to achieve this is through the incentive of endowed chairs. An endowed chair not only includes compensation but also addresses professional conferences, travel, research (and related supplies), and sabbatical leaves. Having endowed faculty who stay with the College long-term not only positively impacts our students but also the College and our region. These individuals become highly respected both on our campus and throughout Southwest Virginia.

The Impact of Endowed Professorships:

  • Enhanced teaching and advising
  • Increased retention of exceptional faculty
  • Recognition and support for faculty-student scholarship and research

By honoring outstanding teaching, advising, and scholarship with recognition and reward, UVA Wise will create a climate that encourages faculty aspiration and achievement. The impact of such a climate on students—and on the reputation of the College—cannot be overstated. To prepare our students for the competitive environment they will face in graduate school and in employment, they must have the opportunity to engage with the best and the brightest faculty.

Our efforts to attract and retain these top-tier faculty hinges on our ability to create new endowed positions across all departments on campus. The opportunity to do such has been increased through the introduction of the University’s Bicentennial Professors Fund.

  • A gift of up to $3 million (payable over a 5-year period) will be matched at 50% (ex. a gift of $2 million would become $3 million with the match).
  • A gift of $3 million or more will be matched at 66% (ex. a gift of $3 million would become $5 million with the match).

This exciting matching-gift initiative presents an opportunity to greatly expand professorships at UVA Wise.


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UVA Wise’s Advancement team can tell you about the many ways to make a difference in the lives of the College’s students.


Ways to Give

From endowments and annual fund gifts to bequests and planned gifts, there are many ways to make an impact at UVA Wise that fit a variety of lifestyles.

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