Chairs and Professorships
The College of Veterinary Medicine has the ability to attract top students and recruit and retain world-class faculty through chair and professorship positions funded by the permanent private endowments of our generous donors.
Faculty members selected for Chairs or Professorships are outstanding scholars, gifted teachers, researchers, and internationally known for their work. The quality of the College is directly related to the quality of our faculty; an educator’s impact has a rippling effect, their contributions as mentors to younger faculty and graduate students will be felt for many years to come.
The Allen D. Leman chair in Swine Health and Productivity was established in 1995 to honor the career of an outstanding faculty member at the University of Minnesota. The position comes with the expectation that it will significantly influence how the swine industry adapts to change. The Leman chair is considered to be one of the most prestigious faculty positions in the world involving swine medicine and is of great significance to the swine industry of Minnesota.
This fund was created in 1998 to provide support for a faculty position in small animal nephrology and urology at the College of Veterinary Medicine. In recognition of Dr. Osborne’s extraordinary career, the College began a fundraising effort to endow a chair in his name. The chair was named the Osborne/Hills Chair in Nephrology/Urology to reflect the long-standing partnership and support that Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. has given to Dr. Osborne and the College.
Alvin and June Perlman are long-time clients of the Veterinary Medical Center at the University of Minnesota. To help ensure the continuation and expansion of the excellent treatment that their pets have received over the years, the Perlman's established this chair in 1999 through their own gifts and those of the Alvin S. and June Perlman Philanthropic Fund. The chair is intended to attract an outstanding animal oncologist to serve as the head of the Veterinary Cancer Center currently being established in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Pomeroy Chair in Avian Health was created in May 1985 in honor of Professor Emeritus Benjamin Pomeroy (1911 – 2004). The only endowed poultry chair in the U.S., it is associated with the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pomeroy’s accomplishments include groundbreaking work that helped control salmonella, mycoplasma, and other potentially devastating infection that once threatened the poultry industry.
The Patrick T. Redig Professorship in Raptor Medicine and Surgery was created to honor Dr. Redig’s outstanding contributions to The Raptor Center. The professorship makes raptor medicine a permanent priority for the center through funding salary and research for faculty members specializing in raptor medicine and surgery, thereby ensuring that raptors will always have strong advocates in Minnesota.