Endowed Chair in Gastroenterology
Universities are among the most enduring institutions in our Western Civilization. The first universities were formally established in Italy, France and England in the 12th Century. First came Bologna then Paris, then Oxford and Cambridge and a host of others including Salamanca, Prague and Heidelberg. Endowed chairs are among the most lasting forms of beneficence in our society. The first endowed chair in an English-speaking country was established at Cambridge University in the field of Divinity by Lady Margaret Somerset, Countess of Richmond and mother of Henry VII, in 1497. That chair is still occupied today.
The gift of an endowed chair to Saint Louis University is important for many reasons. Endowed chairs help the University to attract and retain faculty members of indisputable excellence of mind and character. Holders of endowed chairs set the pace at many levels. They spur their colleagues to their finest efforts in research. They encourage graduate students in their chosen careers. They teach undergraduates at a time when they are deciding on their major field of study, thus influencing them for life.
The benefits of establishing an endowed chair are many. Professors appointed to these chairs are recognized as the University's finest scholars and are accorded appropriate prestige and recognition. Donors gain the satisfaction of knowing that their names will be linked in perpetuity with the achievements of the scholars whose work their gifts support. Gifts made to establish endowed chairs are permanently invested. Only the income is spent each year to support the salary of the chairholder as well as the appointee's related research and educational activities.
Saint Louis University's Vision For The Future
Our vision for the future is to establish Saint Louis University as the finest Catholic, Jesuit university in the United States, with a well-recognized national and international reputation; to employ a faculty of noted scholars and teachers esteemed by our students as caring, concerned faculty; to teach students who are highly gifted academically, and challenged through a relevant, solid and value-oriented curriculum to be competently trained in their chosen discipline and to be sensitized to Judeo-Christian ethical values and principles in order to be leaders of social change in tomorrow's society.
Recommended by Lawrence Biondi, S.J.
President of Saint Louis University
Approved by the Board of Trustees
Saint Louis University