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Tulane University receives $10 million gifts for Presidential Chair, Faculty Recruitment

Tulane University has received two anonymous gifts of $5 million each to recruit top faculty to the esteemed university.  The $10 million in recent gifts will be used to establish endowed Presidential Chair positions that will be filled by professors renowned for innovative research and teaching that crosses and combines different fields of knowledge to solve complex societal problems.

The Tulane Presidential Chairs will be utilized to help facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration across campus. Tulane President, Michael Fitts, stated that 'we are working hard to find the most innovative, brilliant scholars around the world to fill these Presidential Chair positions'.

Fitts hopes to add 10 Presidential Chair endowments eventually, these first 2 endowed research positions will be a great start toward this goal.  

These pre-eminent faculty recruits will be hired as university-wide professors with joint appointments between various Schools within the Tulane system (i.e. Tulane University School of Medicine, School of Engineering, etc.). The goal is to further develop interdisciplinary research across campus. 

Tulane University President Mike Fitts' emphasis on cross-disciplinary research and studies centers around his interest in recruiting the best and brightest to Tulane. "An exceptional faculty is the centerpiece of a great university. These gifts will be a boost to Tulane's growing reputation as one of the nation's most highly regarded schools," Fitts said. "We are so grateful."

About Tulane University
Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian research university in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is considered the top university and the most selective institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana. From a nationwide perspective, U.S. News & World Report categorizes Tulane as "most selective," which is the highest degree of selectivity the magazine offers. The school is known to attract a geographically diverse student body, with 85% of undergraduate students coming from over 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

The school was founded as a public medical college in 1834, and became a comprehensive university in 1847. The institution was privatized under the endowments of Paul Tulane and Josephine Louise Newcomb in 1884. Tulane is the 9th oldest private university in the Association of American Universities, which consists of major research universities in the United States and Canada. The Tulane University Law School and Tulane University Medical School are considered the 12th oldest and 15th oldest law and medical schools, respectively, in the United States.



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