position will honor science faculty
The T.B. Walker Foundation, an anonymous donor and other friends have committed $1.5 million to Westmont toward the creation of the college’s first endowed chair in the natural and behavioral sciences. The T.B. Walker Chair in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences will honor the work of an outstanding professor in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering-physics, mathematics or psychology.
It’s the third chair established at Westmont in the past year. In recent months, the college has inaugurated two other endowed positions, the R. Anthony Askew Chair in Art and the Fletcher Jones Foundation Chair in the Social Sciences (see the related stories on pages 8-9 in this issue).
The T.B. Walker chair includes a reduced teaching load (one less class each year) so the professor can focus on research.
“Not only does the new chair bring prestige to its holder and the institution, but the research opportunities will enhance students’ education as well,” says Warren Rogers, interim academic dean.
A professor will be named to the chair in the foreseeable future.