About The Charger Challenge

The Challenge To Invest

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The Challenge To Invest

Under the leadership of President Steven H. Kaplan, the University of New Haven has enjoyed a renaissance of rebirth and success. The University has a renewed faculty with equal commitment to teaching and scholarship; new facilities equipped to serve the entire campus community; and a record-setting incoming class. Through these successes and more, we recognize other areas that need our attention and investment.

For example, we seek to strengthen our engineering and science programs. Educating skilled engineers with strong science backgrounds – to work in the industries of our host city and region – was why we were founded, almost a century ago. That mission remains vital today. We have begun an ambitious expansion of our programs with the construction of the new Engineering & Science University Magnet School, but more needs to be done. Our business programs, which are increasingly tied to engineering and science, similarly need investment. Meanwhile, some of our newest and most innovative programs, including cybersecurity, have been so successful, and have garnered significant national media attention, that they are outpacing available funds.

Expanding key curricular areas will require a combination of ongoing funding – to jumpstart idea-generation and agenda-setting – and permanent faculty positions.

We seek $42 million for investments in programmatic improvements, including both current-use funds and endowed professorships for faculty recruitment and retention.

An endowed deanship represents the highest honor the University can confer on the leader of one of its five colleges, helping the University attract outstanding scholars and leaders to serve as deans. Each dean directs the academic affairs of a college, providing strategic direction, developing academic programs in response to market opportunities, and hiring faculty and staff to carry out the academic programs.

An endowed deanship provides a stable, permanent source of income for salary, research stipends, student assistants, and conference participation. The minimum amount to establish an endowed deanship is $3 million, which may be paid over five years, or given as a legacy gift from an estate. As part of setting up an Endowed Deanship, the donors choose the college served by the dean and participate in naming the deanship.

An endowed chair represents the highest honor a university can confer on a faculty member. Reserved for scholars of national or international stature who have distinguished records of teaching, research, and publishing, endowed chairs carry great prestige within academia. Endowed chairs provide a stable, permanent source of income for salary, special teaching and research materials, library acquisitions, student assistants, and conference participation.

The minimum amount to establish an endowed chair is $1.5 million, which may be paid over five years, or given as a legacy gift from an estate. As part of setting up an endowed chair agreement, the donors help choose the name of the chair and determine the academic discipline in which the professor specializes.

An endowed athletic coach enables the University to attract and retain a nationally recognized leader as the coach for a particular sport. An endowed athletic coach provides additional resources for salary, travel, conference participation, and student athlete recruitment.

The minimum amount to establish an endowed athletic coach is $1 million, which may be paid over five years, or given as a legacy gift from an estate. As part of setting up an endowed athletic coach agreement, the donors help choose the name of the endowed fund and determine the sport that the coach will lead.

An endowed professorship is awarded to an outstanding faculty member for a term of years, after which it may be renewed or awarded to another professor. Endowed professorships help the University recruit and retain leading faculty members. They provide additional resources for salary, research, and conference participation.

The minimum amount to establish an endowed professorship is $500,000, which may be paid over five years, or given as a legacy gift from an estate. As part of setting up the endowed professorship agreement, the donors help choose the name of the professorship and determine the academic discipline in which the professor specializes.

An endowed lecture series enables the University to attract nationally recognized speakers for campus presentations to the University community. The endowment provides resources to pay stipends, travel, lodging, and marketing expenses. As part of setting up an endowed lecture series, the donors choose the name of the series and the series’ subject area.

Endowed research funds enable the University to attract and support outstanding faculty members who are pursuing research projects. An endowed research fund provides ongoing resources to pay for equipment, supplies, student assistants, and conference participation. As part of setting up an endowed research fund, the donors help choose the name of the fund and determine the academic field in which the research is conducted.

Get Involved

There are many opportunities to have an impact. To learn more about how you can help, please contact Vice President for Advancement Steve Morin at smorin@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7268.