Willamette Appoints New Mathematics Chair

Willamette University announces today that Professor D. Richard Iltis has been named as holder of the James T. Matthews Professor of Mathematics chair, a position that has been vacant for 28 years.

Matthews, for whom the chair was named, held Willamette's first endowed chair from 1923 until his death in 1942. Professor Chester Luther then held the Matthews chair from 1942 until his retirement in 1972. The position has been vacant from 1972 to today.

Iltis has been a mathematics professor at Willamette University since 1972, specializing in statistics. He came to Willamette after teaching at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill for five years. In 1996, Iltis received the Willamette University Trustees Teaching Award.

"I am pleased to reestablish a chair that is so important to the mathematics department," said Iltis.

This appointment recognizes Iltis for his years of service to Willamette. As part of his new position, Iltis plans to work on bringing outside mathematician speakers to campus.