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$10 Million for New Professorships

Carol Folt
Carol Folt
Andrew Friedland
Andrew Friedland
James Haxby
James Haxby

Three families have made gifts to Dartmouth totaling $10 million to endow new professorships in the arts and sciences. The Evans Family Distinguished Professorship has been endowed with a gift from Barbara and Brad Evans '64. Brad Evans is a Dartmouth Trustee and is co-chair of the $1.3 billion Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience. Jane and Richard Pearl '54, Tuck '55, have endowed the Richard and Jane Pearl Professorship in Environmental Studies, and the Dartmouth Professorship of Biological Sciences has been endowed by an anonymous donor.

Endowed chairs allow Dartmouth to recognize faculty distinction and to attract new scholars whose work will further energize the learning environment.

James Haxby, who investigates the human brain systems that control visual perception, attention, and memory, will be the inaugural holder of the Evans Family Distinguished Professorship. He will join the Dartmouth faculty next month. Carol Folt will hold the Dartmouth Professorship of Biological Sciences. A member of the faculty since 1983, Folt is an environmental biologist who studies mercury bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs. Andrew Friedland, professor of environmental studies, will hold the Richard and Jane Pearl Professorship in Environmental Studies. Friedland's research explores the effects of atmospheric pollutants on high-elevation forests and the impacts of individual choices on energy use and the environment.

"The quality of an institution is profoundly shaped by its faculty," says President James Wright. "Substantial growth in the faculty has been one of my highest priorities, and I'm grateful to these families for giving us the resources to recognize outstanding teaching and scholarship."

Since 1998 Dartmouth has added 55 faculty positions in the arts and sciences, bringing the total number to 411 and reducing the College's student-faculty ratio to 8:1. "The quality of a Dartmouth education is defined by the minds and discoveries of our faculty and the innovation and opportunity their scholarship, commitment, and energy bring to our students," says Folt. "With endowed professorships we honor individuals for groundbreaking contributions in their disciplines and distinguished contributions as teachers and mentors. These chairs provide vital support for developing programs in pioneering areas and providing new opportunities for students. We are very grateful for this support from our generous alumni."

Other endowed chairs that have been publicly announced include the Sherman Fairchild Professorships in Emerging Fields, the Neukom Professorship in Computational Science, the Clements Professorship in Politics and Democracy, and the Hansen Professorship for teaching and scholarship.

Brad Evans is a managing director of Morgan Stanley and a vice chairman of the firm's investment banking department. Richard Pearl is a senior managing director of First Manhattan Company, a private investment management firm in New York.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08