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Endowed Deanships and Directorships

Endowed deanships and directorships recognize major benefactions to the University in support of distinguished programs, according to standards set by the Board of Trustees. These named chairs honor the donor or donors who make them possible or others designated by them, and they enable the University to benefit from the expertise of persons uniquely qualified to enhance the programs under their direction.

Visit the Gift Guide to learn about the minimum gifts required to endow Deanships and Directorships .

The Crawford Family Deanship of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics: The Crawford Family Deanship, established in 2008, supports the Dean and Faculty in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. The Deanship, held by the Dean of the Williams School, provides income for competitive salaries of Williams School faculty, and is administered by the Provost in consultation with the President of Washington and Lee. The endowment is the gift of Edwin M. "Mac" and Linda T. Crawford, parents of Andrew D. "Drew" Crawford '96. The Crawfords established the Deanshp in response to the Lenfest Challenge for Faculty Support. The gift was made in honor of Dean Larry C. Peppers to recognize the extraordinary contributions he has made to the Williams School and Washington and Lee during his tenure as Dean, which began in 1986. The gift also represents the support and appreciation that the Crawfords have for Washington and Lee University and the Williams School.

  • Larry C. Peppers is the current Crawford Family Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.

The Reeves Center Directorship:
The Reeves Center Directorship was established in 1986 by Floyd D. Gottwald Jr., in honor of his wife, Elisabeth Shelton Gottwald, whose interest in the establishment of the Reeves Center for the Research and Exhibition of Porcelain and Paintings was one of the motivating influences in the foundation of the Center.

  • James W. Whitehead, who retired in 1992, and Thomas V. Litzenburg Jr., who retired in 2003, are Directors of the Reeves Center, Emeriti.
  • Peter Dun Grover is the current Director of University Collections.

The Class of 1979 Directorship of the Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability:

The Class of 1979 Directorship of the Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability was established in 2004 by members of the class as their 25th Reunion gift. The first director of the Shepherd Program was Harlan R. Beckley, who retired in 2013, the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Bible, Emeritus.

  • Howard Y. Pickett is the current Class of 1979 Director of the Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability.