Hampden-Sydney first held classes on November 10, 1775.
Chairs And Professorships
MORE THAN ANY OTHER ELEMENT in this "atmosphere of sound learning," the College's professors assure the education of tomorrow's leaders. By example and through practice, professors help students grasp concepts they will carry with them through a lifetime. Supporting faculty through professorships allows the College to provide more opportunities for pursuing professional research, scholarship, and creative interests among all faculty members. Income from such a fund also eases budget constraints, allowing the professor, his or her department, and the academic program more freedom for innovation and curriculum development.
|Professor Kenneth Lehman with Mithilesh Adhikari '07, a student from Nepal.|
AN EXPERT IN U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN relations, Professor Kenneth D. Lehman is able to give more to his students now than ever before, thanks to his having been named Squires Professor of History in the spring of 2004. Having an endowed professorship gives him both a sense of freedom and an opportunity. "If I need a particular book or a particular resource," he says, "I don't have to go through the process of requesting it, maybe getting it or maybe not," he says. "Now I have a certain amount of discretionary money for research needs-travel or materials or archival resources, whatever. I can rely on that money and draw from it when I need it."
Lehman introduced to Hampden-Sydney's history department courses about Central and South American countries, a particularly relevant subject considering our country's rapidly growing Hispanic population.
Giving Opportunities For
|Chairs (full salary and benefits):|
|Professorship (salary support)||$500,000|
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Each year for many years, Lehman has taken a group of students to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Model Organization of American States. On one such trip, Hampden-Sydney students represented Bolivia; they toured the U.S. State Department, received a briefing from the Department's Bolivian desk officer, and met the First Secretary of the Bolivian Mission to the OAS. "The trip is very, very useful and a valuable experience," says Lehman, "and the more experience I get, the more valuable it is for the students. Having the money from the Squires Professorship is key to that."
Lehman came to Hampden-Sydney College in 1992, after working many years as a teacher in Bolivia and receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He plans to return to Bolivia to continue his study of the country that has transfixed him since first visiting there many years ago.
"If the College's alumni and friends are really interested in helping the faculty be the best that it can be," he says, "this support is invaluable."