University & Campus-wide Named Chairs

University Endowed Chairs


Walgreen Chairs are held by individuals whose intellect and accomplishments place them among the most distinguished in their respective field(s), as affirmed by such recognition as Nobel or Pulitzer Prizes or by evidential works. The holders of the chairs shall be designated as “Walgreen Fellows.”

Michael Moore, Law; Philosophy


Susan Kieffer, Geology

Campus-wide Endowed Chairs & Professors


The Michael Aiken Chair was established in honor of former University Chancellor Michael Aiken for his devotion to enhancing the quality of teaching, research, and service across campus. The Michael Aiken Chair is supported by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Campbell and other sources, and honors a distinguished faculty member on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Donna Cox, Art & Design


The Ikenberry Endowed Chair was established in honor of Stanley O. Ikenberry’s tenure as the 14th President of the University of Illinois. The Ikenberry Chair is funded by a gift from Geraldine B. Cooke and other sources, and honors a distinguished faculty member on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Stephen P. Long, Plant Biology; Crop Sciences
Jeffrey S. Moore, Chemistry


Swanlund Endowed Chairs are made possible by a gift from the late Maybelle Leland Swanlund, who received a degree in Library Sciences from Illinois in 1932. Ms. Swanlund died in 1993 and provided a $12 million endowment to attract leaders in the arts and sciences to the University and to recognize current faculty members who have made exceptional contributions in their fields.

Tamer Başar, Electrical & Computer Engineering
May R. Berenbaum, Entomology
Antoinette Burton, History
Leon DeCosta Dash, Journalism
Nigel Goldenfeld, Physics
Nathan Gunn, Music
Gene E. Robinson, Entomology
Stephen Sligar, Biochemistry
Daniel Sullivan, Theatre


William T. Greenough, Psychology
Karl Hess, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ian R. Hobson, Music
Thomas S. Huang, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Benita S. Katzenellenbogen, Basic Sciences, College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign; Molecular & Integrative Physiology
John A. Katzenellenbogen, Chemistry
Anand Pillay, Mathematics
Richard S. Powers, English
Nina B. Stillinger, English
Thomas S. Ulen, Law


The Fox Family Professorship was established through a gift from Peter B. and Kim Blackwell Fox, who are long-time supporters of the University of Illinois. The Fox Family Professorship is awarded to an individual whose scholarship and teaching focus on economic development entrepreneurship, and transfer of technology locally, in the state, and in the nation.

Andrew Singer, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professorships were established by Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell to promote faculty development and to ensure high achievement. Gutgsell professorships are five-year renewable term appointments and provide funds for scholarly activities associated with individual fields of distinction.

James D. Anderson, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
Nicholas Burbules, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership
Virginia Dominguez, Anthropology
Don Fullerton, Finance; IGPA
John Gerlt, Biochemistry
Nancy Makri, Chemistry
Robert McChesney, Communication
M. Taher Saif, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Lawrence B. Schook, Animal Sciences
Deborah Thurston, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Maria Todorova, History


Jonathan D. Fineberg, Art & Design
Stephen Jaeger, Germanic Languages & Literature