The academic tradition of creating an endowed chair dates back to 1502, when Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford University.
Half a millennium later, the endowed chair has evolved into one of the most prestigious and permanent investments that can be made in any university. These seats constitute a powerful means of attracting and retaining superior faculty members in rich scientific areas of research, by providing a permanent source of financial support for salaries and academic activities. Furthermore, endowed positions offer a unique opportunity for students to study under the guidance of world-class scholars.
Beyond an endowed chair’s direct impact on research and scholarship, these venerated posts play a vital role in immortalizing an individual or company whose name is permanently linked to the chair, resulting in a highly visible form of recognition that lives on from generation to generation. In the area of chile breeding, an endowed chair will ensure in perpetuity that the research from Fabian Garcia to Paul Bosland is continued and enriched with evolving research solving some of today’s and tomorrow’s toughest capsicum chile pepper issues.
The Chile Pepper Plant Breeding Research endowed chair will help New Mexico State University recruit and retain top academic talent. With the vitality and leadership these individuals bring to bear on issues affecting many of New Mexico and world-wide chile-related industries and the quality of life of its citizens, investments in the NMSU faculty are investments in the state of New Mexico, the region, and the world.