2023 Appointees: Endowed & Named Positions

OSU’s 160+ endowed and named faculty support funds honor nationally and internationally known scholars, educators and researchers at OSU. Meet new position appointees in 2022-23 and learn about the visionary donors who empower them to create exciting learning opportunities for students, advance groundbreaking research and forge new paths in their field.





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Matthew Betts

Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources

"I believe in the power of the scientific method to help conserve biodiversity while meeting human needs globally. The focus of my research is on understanding the processes that generate forest biodiversity, the ecosystem services biodiversity provides, and approaches for its conservation."




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Terrence Blackburne

Shirley E. Droschkey Professor

"I believe that mindset is the key to success for everything."




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Kelly Bosworth




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Soria Colomer

Patricia Valian Reser Faculty Scholar in Education

“I believe education is a human right.”




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Borbala Csillag

Stirek Assistant Professor in Management

"I believe that research and teaching are mutually reinforcing; I get to see the magic of this virtuous cycle manifesting every day at work!"




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Cristina Eisenberg

Maybelle Clark Macdonald Director of Tribal Initiatives in Natural Resources

"I believe that by healing the earth, we will heal ourselves, and that requires that we braid together all types of knowing."




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Elain Fu

Warwick Family Faculty Scholar

"I believe technology can be used to empower people to manage their healthcare and improve their quality of life. "




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Tiffany Sacra Garcia

Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife Chair

"I believe nature is our greatest teacher. Research on how animals cope with a changing world will guide and inspire the people who care enough to watch."




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Brian Gibbons

Stirek Assistant Professor in Finance

"I believe we can achieve a better society and a healthier planet by harnessing the power of finance — all we need is the correct information to make decisions."




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Adrian F. Gombart

Helen P. Rumbel Professorship in Micronutrient Research

"I believe research experiences turn knowledge consuming students into creators of new knowledge."




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Temesgen Hailemariam

N.B. and Jacqueline Giustina Professor in Forest Management

"I believe students have the ingenuity and capacity to tackle emerging issues, including climate change and sustainable development."




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Geoffrey A. Hollinger

Ron & Judy Adams Engineering Faculty Scholar

"I believe everyone should have access to STEM education because many of the greatest scientists and engineers never thought they could be one until a teacher or mentor showed them they could."




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Megumi Kawasaki

Jack R. Meredith Faculty Scholar in MIME

"I believe discipline and perseverance play major roles in success. I am lucky because I have a job I love."




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David Lewis

Emery Castle Endowed Chair in Resource and Rural Economics

"I believe economic knowledge is essential for sustainably managing natural resources."




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Hong Liu

Miner Professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering

"I believe that through innovations, it is possible to transform any form of waste into a valuable resource. "




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Scott Lukas

Northwest Berry Production and Management Professor

"I believe today's agricultural advancements create a limitless future of opportunity. "




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Ashley Stull Meyers

Horning Chief Curator for the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts

"I believe investment in the arts is essential to an ecosystem of thoughtful, curious and imaginative community."




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Thandeka Ngwenyama

Camden Faculty Scholar in Veterinary Medicine

"I believe we can better equip our learners for the complexities and nuances of the present and unknown world of tomorrow by cultivating curiosity, adaptability and kindness."




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Chris Parrish

Jim & Billie Plasker Faculty Scholar in Geomatics

"I believe geospatial innovations can reduce coastal vulnerabilities to storms and tsunamis, increase safety of marine navigation, and grow the Blue Economy."




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Malgorzata Peszynska

Joel Davis Faculty Scholar in Mathematics

"I believe in paying it forward and supporting students to choose the 'complex and challenging' rather than 'easy and simple.' "




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Catalina Segura

Fischer Family Faculty Fellow

"I believe in the importance of understanding the natural environment to ensure sustainable societies."




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Burak Sencer

Tom & Carmen West Faculty Scholar

"I believe that manufacturing is essential for a country to prosper as a whole, and OSU graduates will play a key role by developing safe, effective and efficient tools and processes for the next generations."




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Staci Simonich

Reub Long Professor

"I believe in the limitless potential of how far we can go when we strive to make tomorrow better for everyone. "




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Arijit Sinha

JELD-WEN Chair in Wood-based Composites Science

"I believe in fostering a sustainable and resilient future through the use of innovative wood-based composites, which serve as the building blocks of affordable housing. "




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Peter V. Swendsen

Patricia Valian Reser Chair

"I believe in OSU students finding, sharing and amplifying their voices through the arts."




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Richard Wirz

Boeing Professor

"I believe faculty have the unique opportunity to make foundational and positive impacts on humanity. Through our interaction with student researchers, these changes are sustainable and cross-generational."





Endowed and Named Positions

Learn about the 180+ endowed and named faculty support funds across Oregon State University