The Endowed Chairs for Eminent Scholars program is designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of distinguished university faculty at institutions throughout Louisiana. It is a highly competitive program that pairs a $60% private sector match with a 40% Board of Regents award to endow a chair to be filled by a scholar of high renown and great ability. Chairs are established in any discipline at a $1 million total endowment (a $600,000 private gift and a $400,000 match by the Louisiana Board of Regents).
An endowed chair must be filled through a national search, and the committee conducting the search must include at least one individual recognized as an expert in the field of the chair. While a chair recipient may be selected from within the affected campus, this may only be done when a national search has been conducted.
Chairholders are held to standards of performance, which require that they maintain a continuing record of scholarly and creative endeavors, leadership activities, exceptional teaching, attraction of high-quality students and enhancement of the State’s economy.