The academic tradition of endowed chairs dates back to 1502, when Margaret of Richmond, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorship of Divinity at Oxford University.

Half a millennium later, the endowed chair has evolved into one of the most prestigious and permanent investments that can be made in any university. These seats constitute a powerful means of attracting and retaining superior faculty members by providing a permanent source of financial support for salaries and academic activities. Furthermore, endowed positions offer a unique opportunity for students to study under the guidance of a world-class scholar.

Professor Ken Hall
takes no chances with
losing his chair.

Beyond their direct impact on creativity and scholarship, these venerated posts play a vital role in immortalizing the individual or company whose name is permanently linked to the chair, resulting in a highly visible form of recognition that lives on from generation to generation.

The School of Cinematic Arts holds the record for any U.S. school specializing in the cinematic arts, with 25 endowed faculty positions.

Chairholders

Elizabeth M. Daley
Steven J. Ross / Time Warner
Dean's Chair in Cinema-Television
Dedicated October 14, 1993
Chair Graciously Funded by Time Warner Inc.

Richard B. Jewell
Hugh M. Hefner
Chair for the Study of American Film
Dedicated on March 28, 1996
Chair Graciously Funded by Hugh M. Hefner

Drew Casper
Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Endowed Chair
Dedicated on November 13, 1997
Chair Graciously Funded by Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell

Lawrence Turman
Peter Stark Endowed Chair
Dedicated on April 28, 1998
Chair Graciously Funded by Ray Stark

Jack Epps
Jack Oakie Endowed Chair in Comedy
Dedicated on November 9, 2003
Chair Graciously Funded by Victoria Oakie

Stephen K. Nenno
Chair in Television Production
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by Stephen K. Nenno

Judy Irola
Conrad Hall Endowed Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation and Steven Spielberg

Doe Mayer
Mary Pickford Endowed Chair
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by the Mary Pickford Foundation

Todd Boyd
Katherine and Frank Price
Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by Katherine and Frank Price

Ellen Seiter
Stephen K. Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by Stephen K. Nenno

Midge Costin
Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound and Dialogue Editing
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation

Kenneth Hall
Ken Wannberg
Endowed Chair in Music Editing
Dedicated on October 24, 2005
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation and Steven Spielberg

Larry Auerbach
Larry Auerbach Endowed Chair
Dedicated on May 10, 2006
Chair Graciously Funded by Marcia Lucas

Tracy Fullerton
Electronic Arts Endowed Chair in Interactive Entertainment
Installed on December 9, 2008
Chair Graciously Funded by Electronic Arts, Inc.

John Watson
Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Endowed Chair in Producing
Dedicated on November 23, 2009
Chair Graciously Funded by Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Charitable Foundation

Mary Sweeney
Dino and Martha De Laurentiis Endowed Professorship
Dedicated on April 1, 2011
Chair Graciously Funded by Martha De Laurentiis

Cecil B. DeMille Chair in Silent Film
Dedicated on September 26, 2011
Chair Graciously Funded by The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation

Dennis Wixon
Microsoft Endowed Professorship
Dedicated on September 18, 2012
Chair Graciously Funded by Microsoft Corporation

Michael Fink
The Kortschak Family Endowed Division Chair in Film and Television Production
Dedicated on November 7, 2012
Chair Graciously Funded by Walter G. and Marcia B. Kortschak and Kortschak Investments, L.P.

Richard Weinberg
Charles S. Swartz Endowed Chair in Entertainment Technology
Dedicated on September 26, 2013
Chair Graciously Funded by Stephanie Rothman

Norman Hollyn
The Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing
Dedicated on November 11, 2013
Chair Graciously Funded by The Wunderkinder Foundation

Bruce A. Block
The Sergei Eisenstein Endowed Chair in Cinematic Design
Dedicated on March 13, 2014
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation

Michael L. Fink
The Georges Méliès Endowed Chair in Visual Effects
Dedicated on March 13, 2014
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation

Alex B. McDowell
The William Cameron Menzies Endowed Chair in Production Design
Dedicated on March 13, 2014
Chair Graciously Funded by The George Lucas Family Foundation

Mark Jonathan Harris
Mona and Bernard Kantor Endowed Chair in Productionn
Dedicated on April 29, 2014
Chair Graciously Funded by The Estate of Mona and Bernard Kantor