Chairs, Professorships and Visiting Scholars

Chairs

The John Biggs ’30 Cincinnati Chair in Military History

Geoffrey JensenR. Geoffrey Jensen
Professor, History
Ph.D., Yale University

The John Biggs ’30 Cincinnati Chair was created by the gift of the E. Paul and Helen Buck Waggoner Foundation in 1985, as a memorial to VMI graduate John Biggs. The Biggs Chair endowment provides a program of study, interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on military history and related subjects taught by professors of proven excellence.

Past chairholders:
D. Clayton James 1988 – 1996
Spencer C. Tucker ’59 1997 - 2003

 

 

The George J. Collins ’62 Chair in Military History and Strategic Analysis

Brad ColemanBradley L. Coleman
Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., University of Georgia

The George J. Collins ’62 Chair in Military History and Strategic Analysis was established by George J. Collins, VMI class of 1962. The chair was created to support the intellectual goals of the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History and Strategic Analysis, whose core mission is to preserve, analyze, and disseminate the records of the United States Military during the Cold war.

Past chairholders:
Colonel Malcolm Muir, Jr. 2007-2011

 

 

Institute Professorships

The John C. Allen 1962 Institute Professorship in Chemistry

Daren TimmonsDaren J. Timmons
Professor and Head, Chemistry
Ph.D., Texas A&M University

The John C. Allen 1962 Institute Professorship in Chemistry was established in 1998 by John C. Allen, VMI Class of 1962, to honor long-time professors of the Institute who have dedicated their professional careers to the education of countless cadets.

Past recipients:
Colonel Steven Riethmiller ’63 1998-2008

 

 

 

The Henry King Burgwyn, Jr., Boy Colonel of the Confederacy,Chair in Military History

BrowerCFCharles F. Brower
Professor, International Studies
Ph.D., University of Pennslyvania

The Henry King Burgwyn, Jr., Boy Colonel of the Confederacy, Chair in Military History was established in 1996 by the bequest of Dr. Collinson Pierrepont Edwards Burgwyn, Sr., of Newport News, Virginia. Dr. Burgwyn was the great nephew of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr., VMI Class of 1861, who was promoted to colonel in the Confederate Army at the age of nineteen.

Past recipients:
Captain Blair P. Turner 2000-2005
Colonel Malcolm Muir, Jr. 2005-2010

 

 

The Cameron Professorship in Physics and Astronomy

thompsonjrJohn R. Thompson
Professor and Head, Physics and Astronomy
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

The Cameron Professorship in Physics and Astronomy was established in 2002 by Bruce B. Cameron, VMI Class of 1938, and Daniel D. Cameron, VMI Class of 1942.

Past recipients:
David L. DuPuy 2002-2006


 


 

The General Edwin Cox, ‘20 Institute Professorship in History and Economics

Ken KoonsKenneth E. Koons
Professor, History
D.A., Carnegie Mellon University

The General Edwin Cox ‘20 Institute Professorship in History and Economics was established in 1981 through the generosity of a number of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Cox Institute Professorship was established as an interdisciplinary chair to promote the study, research, and teaching of economic systems, with emphasis on the American free enterprise system.

Past recipients:
John G. Barrett 1982-1987
Thomas W. Davis ’64 1992-1997
Edwin A. Sexton 1997-2002

 

The Benjamin H. Hardaway, Jr., '13 Institute Professorship in Engineering

Mullen, GriggW. Grigg Mullen, Jr.
Professor, Civil Engineering
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Benjamin H. Hardaway, Jr. ‘13 Professorship in Engineering was established in 1980 by the family of the late Benjamin Hurt Hardaway, Jr., VMI Class of 1913.

Past recipients:
John W. Knapp ’54 1982-1987
Lee L. Nichols, Jr. ’44 1987-1992
C. Dale Buckner 1994-2009
 

 

 

The Jamison-Payne, Institute Professorship in Electrical Engineering

Shawn AddingtonJ. Shawn Addington
Professor and Head, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Jamison-Payne Professorship in Electrical Engineering was initiated in 1987 by Dr. John B. Payne, III, a 1958 graduate of VMI. This professorship recognizes the late professor and head of the Electrical Engineering Department, Colonel John S. Jamison, Jr. ‘26, and acknowledges the value of Dr. Payne's experience as an electrical engineering student at VMI.

Past recipients:
Gabriel G. Balazs 1997-1999

 

 

The Charles S. Luck, Jr., '20 Institute Professorship in Engineering

Tim HodgesTimothy M. Hodges 
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Virginia


The Charles S. Luck, Jr., ‘20 Professorship in Engineering was established by Mrs. Charles S. Luck, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, in 1983. Throughout his life, Mr. Luck was a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of VMI.

Past recipients:
Colonel Richard S. Trandel ’59 1988-2004
Captain Michael R. Sexton 2004-2007
Colonel Matthew R. Hyre 2007-2010
 

 

The Navas-Read Institute Professorship in English Literature

Emily MillerEmily P. Miller
Professor and Head, English & Fine Arts
Ph.D., University of Virginia

The Navas-Read Institute Professorship in English was established in 1992 by Stanley Ralph Navas, a 1941 graduate of VMI. The purpose of the Navas-Read Institute Professorship is to enhance the teaching of English literature at VMI through instruction in the works of William Shakespeare or other English authors.

 

 

 

 

The Benjamin H. Powell, Jr., '36 Institute Professorship in Engineering

Joe BlandinoJoseph R. Blandino
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Virginia

The Benjamin H. Powell, Jr., ‘36 Professorship in Engineering was established at VMI in 1980 by Mr. Powell and the Brown Foundation of Houston, Texas.

Past recipients:
Donald K. Jamison ’57 1987-1992
Charles D. Morgan 1995-2000
R. Wane Schneiter 2000-2009

 

 

The Beverly M. Read 1941 Institute Professorship in Arts and Sciences

Schreiber, HenryHenry D. Schreiber
Professor, Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison

The Beverly M. Read 1941 Institute Professorship in Arts and Sciences was established by an anonymous donor in honor of Colonel Beverly Money Read, a native of Lexington, Virginia, who was the son of Colonel Hernando M. “Son” Read, Class of 1916, a professor of English at the Institute. Colonel Beverly Read graduated from VMI in 1941, and after an illustrious career in the military, returned to VMI to serve as editor of the ALUMNI REVIEW He was a founder of the VMI Sports Hall of Fame and a passionate supporter of the VMI track program.

 

 

The John W. and Jane M. Roberts Institute Professorship in Free Enterprise Business

Francis BushH. Francis Bush
Professor, Economics & Business
Ph.D., University of Florida

The John W. and Jane M. Roberts Free Enterprise Fund was established in 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. This Institute Professorship is intended to further enhance the teaching of free enterprise economics at VMI, recognizing that the holder of this Professorship will be involved with efforts to support free enterprise education at the Institute, including bringing outside speakers, sponsoring symposia and conferences, and other such activities.

Past recipients:
Stewart W. Husted 2003-2009

 

 

The John W. and Jane M. Roberts Institute Professorship in Free Enterprise Economics

Floyd DuncanFloyd H. Duncan
Professor and Head, Economics & Business
Ph.D, University of South Carolina

The John W. and Jane M. Roberts Free Enterprise Fund was established in 1998 by Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. This Institute Professorship is intended to further enhance the teaching of free enterprise economics at VMI, recognizing that the holder of this Professorship will be involved with efforts to support free enterprise education at the Institute, including bringing outside speakers, sponsoring symposia and conferences, and other such activities.

 

 

 

Visiting Scholars

The Thomas Bahnson and Anne Bassett Stanley Professorship in Ethics and Integrity

Vacant 

The Thomas Bahnson and Anne Bassett Stanley Professorship in Ethics and Integrity was established in 1997 to recognize the contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia of the late Governor and Mrs. Thomas B. Stanley. The Professorship may be awarded to outstanding individuals from varied fields including government, business, industry, the military or academia. The case study method must be the primary instructional technique.

Past recipients:
Stewart Husted 2002-2003
Malcolm Muir 2004-2007
J. Holmes Armstead, Jr. 2007-2008
Neil Evans 2008-2010
Heba F. El-Shazli Spring 2011 & Spring 2012

The Edwin P. Conquest ’14 Chair
William BadgettWilliam D. Badgett
M.A., Harvard University

The Edwin P. Conquest ’14 Chair was established in 1971 in honor of Mr. Conquest, and brings to VMI a visiting scholar in the humanities. Holders of the Conquest Chair will be “teachers or scholars of the first rank” in any discipline of the humanities, specifically including literature, history, philosophy, religion, art, and music.

Past recipients:
Mohamed Taifi 2002-2003
B. Drummond Ayres, Jr. 2004-2006
Abdeljalil Naoui-Khir Fall 2006
B. Drummond Ayres, Jr. Fall 2007
Alexander S. Cochran Spring 2008
Robert W. Pringle Spring 2009
Aida Bamia Fall 2009
The Economics-Mary Moody Northen Chair

BlairLHLouis H. Blair
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Economics-Mary Moody Northen Chair was established in 1968 in honor of Mrs. Mary Moody Northen. The chair brings to VMI a visiting scholar in any discipline of the liberal arts or social sciences.

Past recipients:
Stephen R. Hanmer 2002-2003
R. E. Burnett Fall 2003
John Stempel Spring 2005
Devon T. Hagerty Spring 2006
W. Patrick Lang Spring 2007

 

Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. ’43 Visiting Professorship in Leadership and Ethics

Sessions, Lad 2W. Lad Sessions
Ph.D., Yale University

The Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. ’43 Visiting Professorship in Leadership and Ethics was established in 2008 as one of the elements of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. The Gottwald Professorship is embedded in one of the fourteen academic departments in order to provide a variety of disciplinary perspectives on leadership and ethics. In addition to teaching courses in the curriculum relating to ethics and leadership, the incumbent presents a lecture on a topic relating to the theme of ethical leadership to one of the four classes of the Corps of Cadets.

Past recipients:
Lewis Sorley Spring 2009
John W. Knapp 2010-2012

 

Eugenio Lopez Visiting Chair for Asian Studies
Jin Wung Kim
Ph.D., Brigham Young University

The Eugenio Lopez Visiting Chair for Asian Studies was established in 1996 to recognize the accomplishments of Eugenio Lopez and to expand the knowledge and understanding of the Asia-Pacific region by VMI’s cadets. The Chair will bring an outstanding scholar on Asia from any of the liberal arts disciplines (including English and Fine Arts, History, International Studies, Modern Languages and Cultures, Economics and Business, etc.) to VMI for a one-semester teaching appointment.

Past receipients:
Stephen T. McCane Fall 2010
Harrison J. Pemberton Spring 2010 & Spring 2012
Phillips 1954 Visiting Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
 Vacant

The Phillips 1954 Visiting Chair in Rhetoric and Composition was established in 2009 by Dr. Ran. L. Phillips III, VMI Class of 1954 to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Ran L. Phillips II and Dr. Janice M. Phillips, to honor the memory of their son, John McCarthy Phillips, and to provide cadets at VMI with exceptional opportunities to become skilled in succinct and effective oral and written communication.

Past recipients:
R. T. Smith Spring 2005
Wachtmeister Chair in Science and Engineering
Shear, Greg 2W. Greg Shear, Jr. RADM(ret.)
M.S., University of Colorado
M.A., Naval War College

The Wachtmeister Chair was established in 1971 in tribute to honorary alumnus Mr. Frederik Wachtmeister. The chair brings to VMI a visiting scholar in the physical sciences or engineering. The chairholder will enrich cadets’ appreciation for and understanding of the physical sciences (astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, and physics) and/or engineering through teaching and other interactions, including events open to the VMI community.

Past recipients:
Lee D. Badgett 2004-2006
Michael H. Flinn 2006-2008
Joyce Blandino 2008-2009
Calvin C. Hale Spring 2010 & Spring 2011
Dale R. Raymond Spring 2012