At a March 11 meeting of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees, University President and CEO Joel Seligman was approved as the inaugural holder of the G. Robert Witmer, Jr. University Professorship.
Established by a $2 million commitment from alumnus G. Robert Witmer, Jr., chair emeritus of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees, and his wife Nancy, the Witmer University Professorship provides financial support for the University president.
“I cannot think of a gift that could more appropriately speak to his longstanding leadership and influence on this University,” said Seligman. “This is an endowment to support the University president, not me personally, similar to endowments that support some of our deans.”
The Witmers’ decision to create the endowed professorship is rooted in a desire to help provide a strong finish for The Meliora Challenge, which has raised more than $1.3 billion and ends on June 30.
“The Witmer Professorship will recognize and support the presidents of this great institution, which has meant so much to me and has been so important to the Rochester community where I have lived my entire life,” said Bob Witmer. “I am particularly pleased that the inaugural holder will be our current extraordinary leader, and my good friend, Joel Seligman. He is setting the bar exceedingly high for those who will follow him.”