Endowed Chairs and Directorships

Theodore Bruce and Barbara Lawrence Alfond Chair of English
Carol Frost
Professor of English

Established in 1994 by alumni Ted ’68 and Barbara Lawrence ’68 Alfond to honor a distinguished professor of English, enhancing the reputation of both the department and the College, and enriching the educational experience of its students.

Irving Bacheller Chair of Creative Writing
Justin Cronin
2013-14 Visiting Author

Established in 1940 through the efforts of former Rollins trustee Joshua Coffin Chase who spearheaded a campaign to endow this faculty chair in honor of Bacheller's contributions to literature and education.

Bank of America Chair of Finance
Halil Kiymaz
Professor of Finance

Established in 1993 by Barnett Bank, the predecessor to NationsBank, which was subsequently acquired by Bank of America. The first faculty chair at the Crummer Graduate School of Business to be endowed by a corporation, it was created to recognize an eminent scholar in finance with a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and community involvement.

Francis H. “Frank” Barker ’52 ’06H Head Coach for Men’s Basketball
Tom Klusman
Head Coach, Assistant Athletic Director

Established in 2013 with a gift from alumnus Francis H. “Frank” Barker ’52 ’06H to provide support for the Rollins head basketball coaching position. A member of the fabled 1952 men’s basketball team, Barker still holds the College record for most points scored in a single game: 50 points, against Green Cove Navy on February 16, 1952. Barker also has the distinction of being inducted into the Rollins College Sports Hall of Fame and the Jacksonville University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum
Ena Heller
Director, CFAM

Endowed in 2008 by alumnus Bruce A. Beal ’58 in honor of the Class of 1958 on the occasion of its fiftieth class reunion.

Howard Boyd Coffie, Jr. ’59 ’64MAT Head Coach in Baseball
Jon Sjogren
Coach, Men's Baseball

Established in 2013 by alumnus David H. Lord ’69 ‘71MBA in recognition of beloved baseball coach and mentor Boyd Coffie. Coach Coffie’s accomplishments as a player and coach are well documented but tell only part of his story. Above all, he was a teacher and, some would say, a philosopher.

Archibald Granville Bush Chair of Mathematics

Established in 1966 with a gift from Edyth Bassler Bush to bring distinguished mathematicians to Rollins to teach, research, lecture, and assist in the development of the Bush Science Center program.

Archibald Granville Bush Chair of Mathematics
Richard Vitray
Professor of Mathematics
Archibald Granville Bush Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science
Jay Yellen 
Professor of Mathematics
Archibald Granville Bush Chair of Natural Science
Thomas Moore
Professor of Physics

Established in 1969 by The Bush Foundation to recognize outstanding faculty members of the natural sciences and to develop the caliber of faculty necessary “to assist the Bush Science Center in becoming one of the finest in the state of Florida.”

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Distinguished Presidential Leadership
Vacant

Established in October 2001 by philanthropist and alumnus George Cornell ’35 ’85H, the chair is part of the first endowment for a college presidency in the nation.

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chairs

Established by the largest gift in Rollins' history, the 2003 bequest of philanthropist and alumnus George Cornell ’35 ’85H, the Cornell Chairs are awarded throughout the College.

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Finance
J. Clay Singleton
Professor of Finance, Crummer Graduate School of Business
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business
Ilan Alon
Professor of International Business
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Management
Ronald F. Piccolo
Professor of Management, Crummer Graduate School of Business
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Philanthropy and Leadership Development
Rita Bornstein
President Emerita
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George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Philosophy
Margaret A. McLaren
Professor of Philosophy
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Politics
Richard E. Foglesong
Professor of Politics
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Religion
Yudit K. Greenberg
Professor of Religion
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Scholar in Classical Studies
Scott Mitchell Rubarth
Associate Professor of Classical Philosophy

Established in 1985 through a gift from alumni George D. ’35 ’85H and Harriet W. ’35HAL ’90H Cornell and a challenge grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to serve as the cornerstone of Rollins’ Classical Studies Program. This endowment provides for the recruitment of distinguished scholars who will promote the understanding of and appreciation for classical civilization and thought, enabling the College to enhance the interdisciplinary character of the program and its quality and visibility in the coming years.

D. J. and J. M. Cram Chair of Chemistry
Vacant

Established in 2001 with a bequest from the late Donald Cram ’41 ’88H, Rollins' first Nobel Prize winner, to provide the opportunity for and support of research in the field of chemistry.

Kenneth Curry Chair of Literature
Maurice O'Sullivan
Professor of English

A gift of Kenneth Curry ’32, an emeritus professor of English at the University of Tennessee and author of many books and articles on English literature of the Romantic period. The first Curry Professor was named in 1999.

Ronald G. and N. Jayne Gelbman Chair of International Business
Thomas Lairson
Professor of International Business and Politics

Established by alumnus Ronald Gelbman ’69 ’70MBA and an anonymous donor. The international business major was introduced in 1998 to provide students the opportunity to study global business from a liberal arts perspective.

Alan and Sandra Gerry Chair of Marketing and Ethics
Mark W. Johnston
Professor of Marketing, Crummer Graduate School of Business

The Gerry Chair of Marketing and Ethics was established in 2001 by the Gerry Foundation to recruit and retain a distinguished professor in marketing and ethics in the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. The Gerry Professor will stress the importance of ethics, including ethical marketing, in his or her teaching and scholarship and in the course work of the Gerry Professor's students.

Raymond W. Greene Chair of Physical Education
Keith Buckley
Assistant Athletic Director

Established in 1967 by Raymond W. Greene, who stipulated that the chair-holder should encourage reverence for the "Amazing Creation of the Human Body and Its Functions."

Charles Harwood Chair of Marketing & Strategy
Greg Marshall
Professor of Marketing & Strategy, Crummer Graduate School of Business

Endowed in 1987 by the estate of Rollins alumnus Charles Harwood ’44 to attract a distinguished scholar to the Crummer Graduate School of Business.

William R. Kenan, Jr., Chair
Edward H. Cohen
Professor of English

Awarded to Rollins in 1967 by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust "to support a college teacher whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching and interest in students will make a notable contribution to the College's undergraduate community.”

Lord Family Director of Community Engagement
Micki Meyer
Lord Family Director of Community Engagement

Established in 2012 with gifts from David H. Lord ’69 ’71MBA and his family’s foundation, the RNR Foundation, to perpetuate and add recognition for a critical staff position that leads all aspects of Rollins College’s nationally and internationally recognized and award-winning community engagement infrastructure, which has made the Rollins mission more real, alive, and transformative for more students than ever before.

Lyden Family Crew Chair
Shawn Pistor
Men's & Women's Rowing Coach
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Established in 2002 by James P. Lyden and his family to enhance the College's educational mission and to recognize the importance of athletics, rowing in particular.

Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching
Rachel C. Newcomb
Associate Professor of Anthropology

A gift of alumnus Michael C. Maher ’63 and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation to further the College’s efforts and reputation in one of its recognized strengths—the art of teaching.

Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Chair
Hoyt L. Edge
Professor of Philosophy

Established in 1997 with an endowment from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation to honor the legacy of former Rollins president Hugh McKean ’30 ’72H and his wife, Jeannette Genius McKean ’62H, and their commitment to the College. Mrs. McKean established the Genius Foundation in 1959 in memory of her mother, who was the daughter of one of Winter Park's founders and greatest benefactors, Charles Hosmer Morse.

Richard James Mertz Chair of Education
H. James McLaughlin
Professor of Education

Established in 2001 by Esther Mertz in memory of her son, alumnus Richard James Mertz ’60, an elementary education major at Rollins.

Rapetti-Trunzo Chair of History
Claire Strom
Professor of History

Established in 1998 by alumnus Vincent A. Rapetti ’50, this chair was established to provide a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of students for generations to come.

Steinmetz Chair of Management
Samuel C. Certo
Professor of Management, Crummer Graduate School of Business

A 1999 gift of Charles and Lynn Steinmetz, the chair enables the Crummer Graduate School of Business to have a nationally recognized scholar in the area of management and strategy.

John M. Tiedtke Chair of Music
John V. Sinclair
Professor of Music
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The chair honors longtime Rollins trustee and patron of the arts John Tiedtke ’75H, and was the idea of Rollins alumni Fred ’51 ’74H and Joanne ’50 ’05H Rogers. Their generous support has been augmented by contributions from a number of friends and admirers.

Winifred M. Warden Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance
Jennifer Cavenaugh
Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance

Established by alumna Winifred Martin Warden ’45 '12H and the Bert W. Martin Foundation. The 2000 gift of this former ballet dancer and theatre student will ensure the future of a strong theatre and dance program at Rollins.

Weddell Chair of the Americas
Dexter Boniface
Associate Professor of Political Science

Funded by Ambassador and Mrs. Alexander W. Weddell, the chair was established by the Rollins College Board of Trustees in 1948 as a memorial to Ambassador and Mrs. Weddell “in grateful appreciation of their interest and help and in honor of their distinguished service to their country and to Inter-American relations.” It recognizes a distinguished faculty member who is devoted to the teaching and correlation of courses in the history of the Western hemisphere.