Tulane University Receives Pledge of $50 Million from the Weatherhead Foundation

December 11, 2009

Mike Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Tulane University has received a $50 million pledge from the Weatherhead Foundation to establish several University Professorships, a special designation for professors who have achieved outstanding accomplishments and made significant contributions as artists, researchers or scholars.

Professors who receive the title of Weatherhead University Professor at Tulane will be given wide latitude in arranging their teaching schedules in order to devote the necessary energy to their creative enterprises, research and scholarship. Professors from any school or discipline at Tulane will be eligible for appointment as Weatherhead University Professors, including new faculty recruited to Tulane. The appointments will be made by the president of the university and the board, based upon recommendations from the provost and the faculty.

“This fund will reward faculty achievement whether it has resulted in new technologies in science or engineering, trend-setting visual or performing arts, novel medical therapies, transformative reinterpretations of ideas or wholly new professional agendas in architecture, business, law or social work,” said Albert J. Weatherhead III.   

Weatherhead and his wife, Celia, a graduate of Newcomb College at Tulane and a member of the Board of Tulane, oversee the Weatherhead Foundation, an Ohio-based family organization that has generously supported higher education, including Tulane, for decades.

Several of the nation’s leading universities have positions similar to Weatherhead University Professors, according to Tulane University President Scott Cowen. The Weatherhead Foundation’s gift will establish a permanent endowment at Tulane that will fund University Professorships for years to come.  

“This gift will be transformative for Tulane as we continue to recognize and encourage exceptional scholarly achievement, civic engagement and build one of the nation’s best faculty,” Cowen said. “This, in turn, will help us attract the very best students and garner more support from both private and public sources.”  

“Most importantly, the funding will advance knowledge, creativity, technology and engaged citizenship for the benefit of all,” Cowen added. “We are extremely grateful for this gift and the faith the Weatherheads have shown in giving it to us.”

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