The excellence of any university depends on its faculty.
Endowed professorships are the highest honor H&S can bestow upon faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to research and teaching. They also enable Stanford to offer competitive compensation packages in recruiting scholars who are in high demand nationwide and around the world.
The scholars who hold endowed professorships represent the most distinguished faculty members of their generation. An endowed chair is the most important contribution one can make to academic and intellectual independence. It is a legacy that benefits both H&S and Stanford as a whole.