I’d like to take a moment to celebrate an impressive statistic: One quarter of our total full-time faculty members hold endowed academic positions. We currently have 222 endowed academic positions valued at around $155 million. This funding is spread across all of our schools: 14 percent of our full-time School of Health Professions faculty members, 21 percent of our full-time School of Nursing faculty members and 26 percent of our full-time School of Medicine faculty members hold endowed positions.
An endowed academic position is a faculty position supported by funds dedicated to salary supplementation, research support or other professional needs. Endowed positions are usually given to faculty members with distinguished careers. These donated funds make our efforts towards advancing patient care, research and education possible.
In my recent Mondays in March presentation, I talked about how the strength of UTMB’s root system has allowed our institution to withstand change and continue to grow throughout its 125-year history. We can all be proud to be part of an institution with such extraordinary commitment from our surrounding community in Galveston and beyond. Such outstanding support is indicative of our university’s rich history and strong roots in our community. The generous benefactors who have contributed to these endowments are people who believe in what we do every day at UTMB to improve lives. They are community leaders, family members and friends whose lives have been touched by our institution and, in turn, have helped tend our roots so that we can flourish.
Our new Jennie Sealy Hospital is a concrete example that great things are possible when a community bands together. As we move forward in this exciting time, let us be inspired by the incredible community that we serve.