Endowed Professorships
Paul G. Blazer Professorship in Economics, established by Ashland Oil Inc. and Mrs. James T. Norris in memory of her late husband Paul G. Blazer, a former Ashland CEO and Centre trustee. It was first awarded in 1981.

Ewing T. Boles Professorships in Economics, Education and History, established by a $3.6-million bequest from Ewing T. Boles, Class of 1916. He was a Columbus businessman, CEO of The Ohio Co., and Centre board chair (1964-69). The Boles professorships encourage and denote leadership in academics and public affairs in the region and beyond. They were first awarded in 1994.

James Graham Brown Professorship in Economics, established by a $250,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation in 1992. Mr. Brown was a Louisville businessman and philanthropist.

Paul L. Cantrell Professorship in Humanities, a three-year rotating professorship, established in 1997 by a $250,000 gift from Board Chair J. David Grissom, Class of 1960. Dr. Cantrell taught Shakespeare and drama at Centre from 1949 to 1989. Mr. Grissom majored in English before earning a law degree and becoming a Louisville venture capitalist.

J. Rice Cowan Professorship in English, established in 1962 by a bequest from Dr. Cowan, a Danville physician, member of the Class of 1890, and 18-year chair of the Centre Board of Trustees.

Gordon B. Davidson Professorship in History, established by the BellSouth Corporation in honor of former BellSouth director and Centre trustee emeritus Gordon B. Davidson, Class of 1949. It was first awarded in 1998.

Elizabeth Molloy Dowling Professorship in Science, established by a bequest from Elizabeth Molloy Dowling, Class of 1907. First awarded in 1997, the three-year rotating professorship recognizes promise and achievement among faculty in the science and mathematics division.

Margaret V. Haggin Professorship in Science, established by a gift from the Margaret V. Haggin Trust of New York and first awarded in 1997.

John Marshall Harlan Professorship in Government, established in 1994. John Marshall Harlan, Class of 1850, is widely acclaimed as one of the Supreme Court’s greatest justices. His most famous dissent came in 1896, when he argued against the majority in Plessy v. Ferguson, the case that made "separate but equal" the law of the land.

Charles T. Hazelrigg Professorship in Humanities, a three-year rotating professorship, established in 1997 by a $250,000 gift from Board Chair J. David Grissom, Class of 1960. Dr. Hazelrigg, Class of 1937, joined the English program in 1941, taught full time until 1981, and then part time for another six years. Mr. Grissom majored in English before earning a law degree and becoming a Louisville venture capitalist.

Alfred P. and Katherine B. Jobson Professorship, established by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Jobson and first awarded in 1996. He was an executive vice president with Marsh and McLennan Inc., a New York City insurance firm. The Jobsons had ties to Centre through family and friends.

Louisville Gas & Electric Professorship in Chemistry, established by a gift from Louisville Gas & Electric.

Charles J. Luellen Professorship in English, established in 1997 by the Ashland Inc. Foundation in honor of Charles J. Luellen, a Centre trustee and retired president of Ashland Oil.

W. George Matton Professorships, established in 1969 by a bequest from W. George Matton, a Louisville tobacco executive and friend of the College.

National Endowment for the Humanities Professorships, established by an NEH challenge grant. First awarded in 1988, these rotating awards recognize promise and achievement among members of the humanities faculty or those with interests in the humanities.

Claude D. Pottinger Professorship in History, established by a bequest from Mr. Pottinger and first awarded in 1990.

Nelson D. and Mary McDowell Rodes Professorship, established in 1996 in memory of their parents by Mr. and Mrs. Rodes’ four surviving children: Nelson D. Rodes Jr., Class of 1954 and vice chair of Centre’s Board of Trustees; Joe Rodes, Class of 1953; Clifton Rodes, Class of 1949; and Charles McDowell Rodes.

John C. Walkup Professorship in Chemistry, established by Centre trustee Joseph Patterson, Class of 1961, who studied under long-time Centre chemistry professor John C. Walkup. It was first awarded in 1997.

John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professorship in Language, established by a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Van Winkle. John M. Van Winkle, Class of 1925, was a Centre trustee from 1947 until his death in 1974. The professorship was first awarded in 1996.


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