Endowed Chairs

10 Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are the university’s primary means of recognizing academic distinction, promoting excellence, and enabling the university to attract, retain and honor distinguished faculty members and demonstrates a commitment to their fields of inquiry. For the chair holders, appointment to an endowed chair signals recognition—to colleagues and to the world beyond academia—both of personal achievements and of the institution’s commitment to their fields of inquiry and teaching.

Endowed chairs are supported by gifts at two levels – the $1 million level (Endowed Chair) and the $1.5 million level (Presidential Endowed Chair). Currently, there are seven endowed chairs at the College of Nursing. More detailed information about each endowed chair and the donor is found here. Link below in blue to respective pages following this one.


Louis S. Peery, MD and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair (Established in 1990)

Chair Holders

  • Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, FAAN (Current Chair Holder, 2000) 
  • Lillian Nail, PhD, RN, FAAN (First Chair Holder, 1998-2000)

Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing (Established in 1998)

Chair Holders

  • Caroline Stephens, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FAAN (Current Chair Holder, 2019) 
  • Ginette Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN (First Chair Holder, 2003-2018)

Ida May "Dotty" Barnes, RN, and D. Keith Barnes, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair (Established in 1999)

Chair Holders

  • Janice Morse, PhD, RN, FAAN (Current Chair Holder, 2007) *retiring 2020 
  • Linda Amos, EdD, FAAN (First Chair Holder, 2000-2006)

Louis H. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing in Loving Memory by His Son, Louis S. Peery, MD (Established in 1999)

Chair Holders

  • Marla De Jong, Dean, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN (Current Chair Holder, 2020) 
  • Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN (Second Chair Holder, 2013-2018) 
  • Maureen Keefe, RN, PhD, FAAN (First Chair Holder, 2002-2012) 

Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women's and Reproductive Health (Established in 2000)

Chair Holders

  • Sara Simonsen, PhD, CNM, MSPH, BSN (Current Chair Holder, 2016) 
  • Patricia Murphy, CNM, DrPH, FACNM (First Chair Holder, 2004-2014) 

The Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging (Establihsed in 2003)

Chair Holders

  • Michael Caserta, PhD (First & Current Chair Holder, 2010) *retiring 2021

Robert S. and Beth M. Carter Endowed Chair (Established by Robyn and Thomas Carter in 2006)

Chair Holders

  • Lee Ellington, PhD (Current Chair Holder, 2017) 
  • Susan Beck, RN, PhD, FAAN (First Chair Holder, 2008-2017)

The Frederick Q. Lawson Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair (Established in 2016) 

Chair Holders  
  • Rebecca Wilson, PhD, RN (First & Current Chair Holder, 2020)               

Janet Q. Lawson Endowed Chair in Nursing (Established in 2016)          

Chair Holders  
  • Search begins in 2022 

The Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of Life/Palliative Care (Established in 2017)

Chair Holders

  • Search in Progress

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