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December 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 14

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price are pleased to announce a four-year, $2 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to support Presidential Term Professorships.

Presidential Term Professorships are a key feature of Penn’s campus-wide Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence that was issued by President Gutmann and Provost Price in June 2011. The Presidential Term Professors will be exceptional scholars, of any rank, who contribute to faculty excellence and diversity across the University. 

“I am delighted that this most recent grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts will enable Penn to move quickly to appoint Presidential Term Professors who will add further distinction to our faculty,” said President Gutmann.  “The Pew Charitable Trusts’ wonderful demonstration of support will significantly strengthen Penn’s efforts to recruit and retain an ever more eminent faculty.”

The Office of the Provost will accept nominations for Presidential Term Professorships from any School or department, for appointments at any rank, with funding shared with the School on a matching basis. When a Presidential Term Professor leaves the University or rotates out of the chair, the funding will return to the central pool to be reallocated.

“We are grateful to The Pew Charitable Trusts for this generous award, which will help us further advance the diversity and scope of our extraordinary faculty,” said Provost Price. “I look forward to working closely with the leaders of the Schools to develop outstanding nominations in the year ahead.” 

The Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence (Almanac September 6, 2011) can be found in full at: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life, and partners with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations, and concerned citizens who share a commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.

Almanac - December 6, 2011, Volume 58, No. 14