The Class of 1960 Professorship in Ethics and The Class of 1960 Endowment for the Institute for Honor combines gifts made in celebration of the 40th and 50th reunions of the class to promote the understanding and practice of honor and honesty as an indispensable element of society. This gift was made by the Class of 1960 in recognition of the importance of the Honor System to Washington and Lee and the impact that its underlying values had on their lives. Its income supports a term professorship benefitting faculty whose teaching and scholarship include ethics, honor, integrity, honesty, and applications of ethical reasoning in addressing contemporary issues and one or more projects related to the professor's scholarship and research interests in these subjects.
Williams School Endowed Professorships
The Crawford Family Deanship of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics: The Crawford Family Deanship, established in 2008, supports the Dean and Faculty in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. The Deanship, held by the Dean of the Williams School, provides income for competitive salaries of Williams School faculty, and is administered by the Provost in consultation with the President of Washington and Lee. The endowment is the gift of Edwin M. "Mac" and Linda T. Crawford, parents of Andrew D. "Drew" Crawford '96. The Crawfords established the Deanship in response to the Lenfest Challenge for Faculty Support. The gift was made in honor of Dean Larry C. Peppers to recognize the extraordinary contributions he has made to the Williams School and Washington and Lee during his tenure as Dean, which began in 1986. The gift also represents the support and appreciation that the Crawfords have for Washington and Lee University and the Williams School. Rob Straughan serves as the Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. He joined the Williams School faculty in 2000 as a member of the Business Administration Department, having taught previously at both Baylor University and the University of Houston. His teaching interests center on marketing strategy, international marketing, and socially responsible business. His work with students has been recognized in numerous ways, and he has been invited to speak at various conferences about his approach to integrating business and the liberal arts. Prior to entering academia, Dean Straughan worked briefly for Shell Oil’s Refining and Marketing Division.
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 John K. Boardman Jr. Professorship was created in 1999 to honor former President John D. Wilson and Anne Wilson and in recognition of the W&L 250th Anniversary celebration.
The Darrold and Kay Cannan Term Professorship, established in 2007-08 by Darrold A. Cannan, Jr. '53 and his wife, Kay, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, as determined by the Dean. The award recognizes a different professor every three years.
The Ben and Carol Grigsby Term Professorship in International Education, established in 2014 with leadership gifts of Bernard C. 'Ben' Grigsby II '72 and his wife, Carol P'12, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the College or the Williams School who has scholarly and teaching interests that significantly involve expertise in and exposure to topics in international education. The award recognizes a different professor every three to five years.
The Ehrick Kilner Haight, Sr. Term Professorship, established in 2008 by Richard Allen Haight '84, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Polities. The award recognizes a different professor every three years and is administered by the Provost or her/his designee in consultation with the Dean of the Williams School.
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 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 professorship is administered by the Provost in consultation with the deans of the College and Williams School.
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, 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 Harry E. and Mary Jayne W. Redenbaugh Term Professorship, established in 2008 by Mary Jayne Redenbaugh in honor and memory of Harry E. Redenbaugh, Class of 1939A, is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a faculty member without regard to department in the College or the Williams School. This award recognizes a professor for a fixed term, normally three years, and is administered by the Provost or her/his designee in consultation with the appropriate academic deans.
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 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 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 Professorship is managed by the Provost in consultation with the dean of the Williams School. The endowment is the gift of Robert E. Sadler, Jr. '67. He established the Professorship in response to the Lenfest Challenge for Faculty Support.
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 was established by action of the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees in 2008 in recognition of the philanthropy of Mr. Waxberg as expressed through a generous testamentary gift. The Trustees in honoring this legacy to Washington and Lee University will designate the endowment to support a distinguished professor who is an accomplished scholar and an exceptional teacher. The Waxberg Professor may be bestowed on any member of the University's faculty deserving of this high honor when it is available, regardless of the department or school. This professorship is managed by the Provost in consultation with the academic deans and the President and appointed with the approval of the University's Board of Trustees.
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.