Teaching Excellence

What's the surest way to provide a world-class education to the best and brightest students?

Ensure the best and brightest teachers and researchers are educating them.

Investment in human talent and intellectual capital is fundamental to William & Mary and to the success of students and student-athletes inside and outside of the classroom. While great minds have always been drawn to the university for its distinctive blend of research, teaching and mentoring, we seek to raise $200 million to fund endowed professorships and coaching positions that would enable us to recruit, retain and reward the world's most distinguished faculty and mentors.


Naming Opportunities

Excellence in Academics

  • Professorships
    • University Chair: $5,000,000 Endowment
    • Distinguished Professorship: $3,000,000 Endowment
    • Professorship: $1,000,000 Endowment
    • Term Professorship: $250,000 Endowment
  • Faculty Support
    • Professional Development Fund: $100,000 Endowment
    • Faculty Awards and Research Support: $100,000 Endowment
    • Curricular Development/Innovation Fund: $100,000 Endowment
    • Minimum Endowment: $100,000 Endowment
    • Annual Faculty Support Fund: $10,000 Expendable

Excellence in Athletics

  • Coaches
    • Head Coach, Football or Basketball: $5,000,000 Endowment
    • Head Coach, Olympic Sport: $3,000,000 Endowment
    • Assistant Coach: $1,000,000 Endowment

Additional naming opportunities are available for Clinical/Adjunct Professorships, Visiting Professorships, Research Professorships, Practitioners, and Administrators.

Endowment minimums may vary depending on the school. Naming minimums may vary depending on the position.

Bold Voices


Robert Archibald 
Chancellor Professor of Economics
"Great students and great professors make a great school..."
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Deborah Steinberg
CSX Professor of Marine Science
Deborah Steinberg has conducted research in marine ecosystems from the Chesapeake Bay to Antarctica, the Amazon River plume, the California Current and the North Pacific. 
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Matthew Crispino '02
Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach
In 2001–02, Matthew Crispino was chosen as captain of the Tribe men’s swimming team. In 2014, he was named Swimming Coach of the Year.
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For further information about these and other opportunities to support teaching excellence, please contact:

Earl T. Granger III ’92, M.Ed ’98, Associate Vice President for Development