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Provost's Faculty Match

Gifted, entrepreneurial and passionate faculty are central to the success and impact of Oregon State University.

Now, a matching program offers donors an incentive to support outstanding faculty – today and for generations to come

Through the Provost’s Faculty Match program, donors who create endowed faculty funds with gifts of $250,000 or more will leverage matching funds for the college or unit where the position is based. 

Funded at $2.5 million ($500,000 per year for five years) by the Office of the Provost, the program is a component of a multi-year investment in Oregon State faculty.

The matching program has the potential to inspire more than $12.5 million in private support for faculty.

“Endowed positions honor and support exceptional faculty who have achieved distinction in their fields. These funds make a huge difference as Oregon State competes with institutions across the country to attract and retain outstanding scholars, educators, researchers and leaders,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser. “The resources generated by each endowed fund allow faculty to freely explore their best ideas, and that’s incredibly exciting.”

Here's how the Provost's Match works:

  • All endowed faculty position funds ($250,000 or more) that support instructors or assistant/associate/full professors are eligible for the match. Commitments may support existing endowed positions or create new ones. (See chart below for minimum funding levels.) Endowments for professional faculty, staff positions and athletic coaching positions are not eligible for the match.
  • From July 1 through December 31, 2021, all 11 colleges and OSU-Cascades are eligible for at least one match as long as matching funds remain available. Endowed faculty position funds in the Linus Pauling Institute, Marine Studies and 4-H are eligible also. After January 1, 2022, matching funds will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The Provost will review endowed positions proposed for matching funds to ensure alignment with OSU’s strategic goals as articulated in Strategic Plan 4.0.
  • While matching funds provided by the program are traditionally used to benefit the endowed position, these expendable funds may also be used at the dean’s/director’s discretion to advance OSU’s strategic priorities. 
  • With the possible exception of term or lead trusts, planned gifts are not eligible for the Provost’s Match.

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Naming opportunities in support of faculty

Donor Commitment (endowment)


Provost’s Match (expendable)



$80,000/year for 5 years (maximum match*)

$1,000,000 - $1,999,999


$40,000/year for 5 years

$500,000 - $999,999

Faculty Fellow

$20,000/year for 5 years

$250,000 - $499,999

Faculty Scholar

$10,000/year for 5 years

* Dean’s position funds (minimum endowment of $5 million) are eligible for the maximum match at the $2 million chair level.

Image of Marylin Read, College of Business, Associate Professor of Design

In the College of Business, Associate Professor of Design Marilyn Read studies the design of child care centers, exploring how color, form and other interior design elements support children’s social development.

“When children play and learn in centers that support their development, everyone wins – children, families and teachers,” she says. “Being named the inaugural Laura B. Smith Faculty Scholar is an honor that means so much to me.”

OSU has more than 150 endowed faculty position funds.

Track Record of Success

During The Campaign for OSU (2004-2014), two Provost’s Faculty Match programs rallied support for Oregon State faculty. Donors gave a total of $33.6 million, creating 39 endowed faculty position funds and increasing the impact of an existing fund.

Learn More

To learn more about the Provost’s Faculty Match and how you can support OSU faculty, please contact Marlys Amundson, the director of development for the College of Science and the OSU Foundation’s lead on this program.

[Pictured with students and colleagues, top, Chris Higgins, the Cecil and Sally Drinkward Professor in Structural Engineering; bottom, Camden Professor in Radiology Susanne Stieger-Vanegas]