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The Chancellor's Chair Challenge

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The Chancellor’s Chair Challenge will help visionary philanthropists endow 30 new chairs at Vanderbilt. Propelled by an investment of $30 million from the university, the challenge is a call to alumni, parents, friends and other donors who are passionate about supporting faculty members.

These new endowed chairs will enhance our ability to recruit and retain faculty members with remarkable scholarship—those who lead us to transformational discoveries, those who teach our students to lead.

Challenge details

  • The university is investing $30 million to help create 30 new endowed chairs
  • Donor commitments of $1 million or more will be matched with $1 million from Vanderbilt - Effective now through June 30, 2018

What do endowed chairs do at Vanderbilt?

  • As the highest faculty honor in academia, endowed chairs recognize our most distinguished faculty leaders - They provide a faculty member with secured funding to advance research and discovery

Why now?

  • As we plan for Vanderbilt’s future, faculty leaders are at the heart of each of our aspirations—from our research to our living and learning communities. Vanderbilt is deeply committed to bringing, and keeping, the most talented faculty members to campus, which in turn attract other superb faculty and students. The competition for federal funding—and the decline in research funding—also underscores the pressing need for endowed chairs. 

For more information on the Chancellor’s Chair Challenge, please contact Scott Self at or (615) 322-6200.