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Distributed March 2, 2004
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Gifts to the University
Royce Professorships will recognize teaching excellence of Brown faculty

A $5.5-million gift from Brown alumnus and trustee emeritus Charles M. Royce, will fund six professorships to honor Brown faculty for excellence in teaching. Royce’s gift was one of seven major gifts presented to and accepted by the Brown Corporation at its regular winter meeting Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004. (See also news release 03-082.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Six new professorships, established by a $5.5-million gift from Brown alumnus Charles M. Royce, will recognize, reward and encourage innovation and excellence in teaching among the Brown University faculty.

The gift was one of seven major gifts made recently in support of faculty, libraries, undergraduate scholarships and other priorities of the University’s Plan for Academic Enrichment. All gifts were formally accepted by the Brown Corporation at its regular meeting Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004.

The six Royce Family Professorships in Teaching Excellence will be awarded for terms of three years each, renewable for one successive term. Each recipient will receive a $20,000 annual stipend in addition to regular salary and will be able to use a $20,000 annual Teaching Excellence Fund to develop teaching aids and support scholarly activities, including employment of undergraduate assistants.

Royce Family Professors will be selected by the dean of the faculty, dean of medicine and biological sciences, provost and president and may be nominated by faculty peers or department chairs. Candidates must be full-time active teaching faculty at the associate professor level or higher, who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to teaching and advising students, to pedagogical innovation and excellence and to scholarship and University service. All Royce Professors will offer a colloquium during their term that provides insight into their teaching approach or their scholarly interests.

A supplemental gift of current-use funds will allow the Royce Family Professorships to be awarded in the 2004-05 academic year and to continue during the five-year period in which the endowment is being built.

University policy and practice requires that all major gifts, including all gifts of $1 million or more, be presented directly to the Corporation for formal acceptance. In addition to the gift establishing the Royce Family Professorships, the Corporation accepted the following gifts in support of the University’s Plan for Academic Enrichment:

  • from a Brown trustee, graduate and parent: $2 million for current-use unrestricted purposes and for an endowed scholarship fund;
  • from a Brown trustee and graduate: $1.5 million for endowed undergraduate scholarships and for the Brown Annual Fund;
  • from a Brown parent and former trustee: $1 million for endowment for the University Library or for its immediate use;
  • from a Brown parent: $1 million for the Creative Arts Fund, Hillel and the Provost’s Discretionary Fund;
  • from a Brown parent: $1 million for endowment of the Humanities Center;
  • from a Brown graduate and family: $1 million to establish a fund to support “target of opportunity” recruitment and retention of minority faculty.


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