Five appointed to endowed professorships

August 21, 2012 | John Roberts, Newspage Editor

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Faculty appointments to one life-time and four limited-term endowed professorships were announced last week by John Beckford, vice president for academic affairs and dean.

“These outstanding professors were selected in recognition of their record of teaching, scholarship and service to Furman,” says Beckford. “And we are fortunate to have the support of generous donors who understand the value of a strong faculty and the resources needed to help in its development.”

Tom Allen was named Daniel Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, a life-time appointment.  Allen joined the university in 1987 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Jeff Petty and Eli Hesterman were named to the Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Professorship in Science, two-year appointments.  A professor of chemistry, Petty earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and joined the university in 1995. Hesterman, associate professor of biology, joined Furman in 2003 and earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kathleen Player was named to the Robert E. Hughes Professorship in Business Administration, and Tami Blumenfield received the James B. Duke Professorship in Asian Studies.  Both are three-year appointments.  Player and Blumenfield are assistant professors, joined the university in 2012 and earned their Ph.D degrees from Clemson University and the University of Washington, respectively.

Gifts from donors and foundations support 24 endowed life-time professorships and eight rotating (limited term) professorships at Furman.