SUNY Cobleskill has created the SUNY system's first two faculty endowments under the new SUNY Scholars of Excellence program, according to a media release by SUNY.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson proposed a challenge to the 64 SUNY schools in January: to create 1,000 endowed professors by 2030, according to the release.

Campus leadership will use these endowed chairs to recruit top talent and retain faculty of distinction. The professors have not been chosen yet but will be picked from SUNY Cobleskill's own faculty. The professorships were endowed by Cobleskill Auxiliary Services, Inc. a nonprofit organization that partners with the college to provide support and services to students, according to the release. 

“We are so thrilled that SUNY Cobleskill is taking the lead on this important initiative that attracts and showcases the excellent faculty we have on our campuses,” Johnson said in the release. “Securing the funding for an endowed professorship is a challenge, but important to ensure we retain the most outstanding scholars and educators."

SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio said she was proud to be the first SUNY to step up to Johnson's endowed professorship challenge

“We appreciate the Chancellor’s leadership in building a structure that will enhance our faculty work, foster student applied learning, and create strategic reserves for our future," Terenzio said in the release. "In true Cobleskill style, the endowed professorships will be chosen from our own faculty through shared governance, recognizing the extraordinary work and accomplishments of our college academic enterprise.”

SUNY Cobleskill will have an endowed professorship in its school of agriculture and natural resources, and its school of business and liberal arts and sciences, according to the release. 

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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