Established to support eminent faculty, department chairs, and deans, endowed chairs are among the most important and prestigious gifts a donor can make to the university. Chairs provide invaluable financial support to attract and retain the most innovative scholars in their field. Chair holders draw exceptional students to a program, attract outstanding junior and senior faculty, stimulate significant research, and leverage funding from other sources — all of which further enhance UT’s excellence and make it one of the world’s most powerful centers of learning, research, and creativity.
"Libba and I believe in public education and feel there is no more
important investment than in teachers and students.”
– John Massey, with his wife Libba, has endowed a chair to help advance UT’s leadership in innovative teacher preparation.