Gift Creates Distinguished Visiting Professorship

A $3 million gift from Mark and Melody Teppola will create a new visiting professorship for the College of Liberal Arts. The first chair of its kind at Willamette, the Mark and Melody Teppola Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professorship will allow for an annual appointment of visiting scholars of national or international note. Willamette will begin the search for the first recipient in 2011.

Mark Teppola '60 was an active alumnus who served as a member of the Willamette Board of Trustees from 1980 until his death in January 2009. He and his wife were frequent supporters of the university during the past 40 years.

"The generosity of our alumni and friends, including the Teppolas, is a testament to their confidence in the university and our tradition of exceptional teaching, research and student learning," President M. Lee Pelton says. "The holder of the new professorship will exemplify the highest standards of academia and contribute to the intellectual liveliness of our commonwealth of learning."

With this gift, the Campaign for Willamette's total reaches $131 million. The $125 million campaign, which concludes this week, is the most ambitious development campaign in Willamette's history.