In this season of gratitude and giving, UTHealth Houston celebrated faculty endowment holders and honored the generous benefactors who created those endowments to propel the university’s mission forward.
During a luncheon hosted by Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, UTHealth Houston president and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair, members of the university’s executive leadership welcomed distinguished faculty members who have been appointed to endowed positions between 2019 and 2022.
The luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Cooley University Life Center was the first in-person event honoring faculty endowment holders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Take a look around the room,” said Kevin A. Morano, PhD, senior vice president and chief academic officer ad interim. “You all represent the best of the best researchers, educators, and clinicians who have earned the prestigious honor of holding an endowment. We thank you for your amazing contributions to the communities we serve.”
“We also want to thank the benefactors who created these endowments,” Morano said. “They saw that through their generosity, they could spark progress that saves and improves lives.”
Endowments are permanent funds designated for a specific purpose by the donors who create them with gifts to the university. During fiscal year 2022 alone, gifts from donors created 66 new endowed funds for a total of 840 across the university.
“Today, we recognize you – the beneficiaries of this generosity,” Morano said. “Your ongoing pursuit of excellence helps train the health professionals of tomorrow, advance research that changes lives for the better, and serve our communities through patient-centered outreach and care.”
After lunch, Richard Andrassy, MD, senior vice president for clinical and faculty affairs, presented each faculty member with a medal in recognition of exemplary service. Andrassy himself is the beneficiary of multiple endowments. He holds the Jack H. Mayfield, MD, Distinguished University Chair in Surgery and the Denton A. Cooley, MD, Chair in Surgery.
For more information on endowments and how they help to advance the mission of UTHealth Houston, visit this Ways to Give webpage.
McGovern Center director and professor Nathan Carlin, PhD, holds the Samuel Karff Chair.