Second Endowed Professorship at
Blewett School of Law

Thanks to the generosity of anonymous donors, the Alexander Blewett III School of Law has received its second faculty endowment in as many years. The gift comes in the form of a bequest, which will create an endowed professorship in an area to be determined in the future.

“We are so grateful for this incredible bequest,” said Dean Paul Kirgis. “This endowment is really recognition for the outstanding efforts of our faculty, and it will provide vital support for our program in the future.”

The sitting dean at the time the bequest is realized will decide which area of the law school will benefit most from an endowed, named position.

“The donors have given a future dean the ability to direct this gift to the area he or she believes most deserving at the time, and that type of flexibility is a wonderful thing.”

The Blewett School of Law’s first endowed faculty position was established in 2015 as part of a record $10 million gift from Zander Blewett and his wife, Andy. A portion of the gift established the school’s consumer law and protection faculty position.

“Outstanding teaching begins with an outstanding faculty,” said Kirgis. “As we seek to position the school for the future, faculty endowments allow us to continue to recruit and retain people who make UM so special.”

Donor support augments the faculty member’s salary and may also provide funds for professional development and research activities.

Private support for UM faculty has been outstanding in recent years. Since fiscal year 2013, donors have created nine new faculty endowments, more than tripling the number of named chairs on campus.