OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTACADEMIC AFFAIRS
February 5, 1968
Re: Professorial Name Chairs
The Board of Regents, in actions taken on November 16, 1962 and May 17, 1963, approved the establishment of Professorial Name Chairs to honor the memory of the University's most distinguished faculty members, in accordance with the following general policies:
(a) The establishment of each Professorial Name Chair, and appointment of each active faculty member thereto, shall be approved by the Regents upon recommendation of the President and the appropriate Chief Campus Officer,* with the advice of the Academic Senate.
(b) The number of name chairs shall be very limited, and these chairs shall carry the names of only the most distinguished of ast professors of the faculty of the University of California; and the occupants of these chairs shall be only the most outstanding of the present members of the University faculty.
(c) The occupant of the chair shall carry the honorary professorial title associated with that chair, but there shall be no other perquisites.
This initiative for this matter began on the Berkeley campus in 1961. Subsequent to the action of the Regents the University Budget Committee has several times discussed general guidelines to be followed in the establishing and filling Name Chairs -- most recently in June, 1966. However, no administrative action has been taken to establish official guidelines supplementary to the policies enunciated by the Regents. No Name Chairs have established or filled. However, the Regents have established at San Francisco the "Regents' Chair of Medical History" and have authorized the appointment of Dr. John B. De C. M. Saunders to this Chair. Further, the Regents authorized the President to indicate to Dr. Saunders their hope that the Chair shall be named in his honor at his retirement.
I would like to have you consider the following tentative supplemental policies and procedures, which are among those recommended by the University Committee on Budget and Interdivisional Relations.
Please let me have from you by April 1, 1968 your comments on the general concept of Professorial Name Chairs and specifically on the five supplemental policies and procedures as here proposed.
Angus E. Taylor
cc: President Hitch
* Chancellor, revised September 22, 2005.