Williams School Endowed Professorships

The Lewis Whitaker Adams Professorship in Commerce Elizabeth G. Oliver

The Lewis Whitaker Adams Professorship in Commerce was established in 1981 by Lizinka M. and F. Fox Benton Jr.’60, in honor and memory of Dr. Adams, former Dean of the School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

The Cannan Term Professorship Robin LeBlanc

The Cannan Term Professorship was created through a gift by Darrold A. Cannan Jr., class of '53 and his wife Kay, in support of faculty in the Williams school of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. The award recognizes a different professor every three years. The Cannan Term Professorship continues a long tradition of support for W&L by the Cannans.

The John F. Hendon Professorship James R. Kahn

The John F. Hendon Professorship endowment was begun by John F. Hendon ’24 during his lifetime and completed by his widow, Mila Shropshire Hendon, in 1987. The professorship stands in the Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

The Charles C. Holbrook, Jr. '72 Professorship Amanda Bower

The Charles C. Holbrook, Jr. '72 Professorship was established in 2012 by William H. Miller III, a classmate, in memory of his friend who died in 1994. The professorship will support an exceptional undergraduate teacher and a distinguished scholar at Washington and Lee University.

The Lewis G. John Term Professorship Vacant

The Lewis G. John Term Professorship was funded by a current Washington and Lee trustee in honor of Washington and Lee politics professor and dean of students Lewis G. John, one of the longest serving deans in W&L history and a member of the politics faculty from 1969 to 1990. The award honors members of the faculty who have shown excellence in both teaching and scholarship. This award will rotate between three departments at W&L: politics, economics and psychology.

The Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Jeff Shay

The Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Leadership, established in 2008, supports a distinguished professor in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics with teaching and scholarly interests grounded in the business world and a passion for the critical role that entrepreneurs play. The chair is endowed by a gift from Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. '62, and administered by the Provost in consultation with the Dean of the Williams School.

The Lawrence Term Professorship Challenge Fund Adam Schwartz

Established in 2007 by Larry J. and Sally P. Lawrence (P ’08,’10) is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in Business Administration, Economics, or Accounting, as determined by the Provost and Dean of the Williams School. The award recognizes a professor for a period of three to five years.

The Mamie Fox Twyman Martel Professorship George W. Kester

The Mamie Fox Twyman Martel Professorship was established in 1956 under the will of Mrs. Martel and is supported annually by the Mamie F. Martel Trust of Houston. The professorship honors the memory of Mrs. Martel, whose brother, Henry S. Fox Jr., was an 1894 graduate of the University.

The Robert E. Sadler, Jr. Professorship Michael A. Anderson

The Robert E. Sadler, Jr. Professorship was established in 2007 to support a distinguished professor who is an accomplished scholar and exceptional teacher in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics. The endowment is a gift of Robert E. Sadler Jr., '67.

The Jackson T. Stephens Professorship in Economics Arthur H. Goldsmith

The Jackson T. Stephens Professorship in Economics was established in 1996 by Warren A. Stephens, a member of the Class of 1979 from Little Rock, Arkansas, in honor of his father. The purpose of this endowment is to recognize a member of the faculty who has been involved in teaching macroeconomics and the free market system.

The Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professorship Mark E. Rush

The Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professorship was established in 2008 to support a distinguished Washington and Lee professor who is deserving of this high honor as an accomplished scholar and an exceptional teacher.

The William Lyne Wilson Professorship in Political Economy Robert A. Strong

The William Lyne Wilson Professorship in Political Economy was created in 1991 by a bequest from William Lyne Wilson II ’27, in memory of his grandfather, who served as president of the University at the turn of the century. This bequest was added to a smaller fund honoring the former president, which was created soon after his death to establish the economics department at Washington and Lee. Wilson professors will be selected from faculty serving in either the Department of Economics or the Department of Politics.