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Summer 2003
Chairs of Distinction
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“Faculty recruitment and retention are vital to UCLA’s competitiveness both in research and teaching,” the task force wrote in its report, noting that UCLA has far fewer endowed chairs than leading private universities and peer institutions. Raising more chairs “will catalyze the campus’ many friends around the imperative of providing essential support for UCLA’s academic core.”

There are four types of endowed chairs at UCLA. Chancellor’s Professorships, which are established with a gift of $2.5 million, recognize a “senior academician or master professional who has significantly advanced his or her field.” Executive Chairs ($1.5 million) acknowledge the “superior academic or administrative leadership of a provost, dean or department chair.” Endowed Chairs ($1 million) are used to “attract, retain and fund the long-range research of a distinguished scholar.” Term Chairs ($500,000) “support the career development of promising younger faculty.”

Following are snapshots of six UCLA faculty whose leading-edge research and teaching is supported through endowed chairs.

Howard Reiss Career Development Chair in Chemistry & Biology

HEATHER MAYNARD is exactly the type of up-and-coming young scientist former UCLA faculty member John McTague had in mind when he created the Howard Reiss Career Development Chair in the College of Letters and Science.

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