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Distinguished Professors

Today, the highest distinction a professor can attain at the university is the designation as a University Distinguished Professor or an Alumni Distinguished Professor. In 1969 the board of visitors created the title “University Professor” to honor faculty who had achieved international distinction and stature. In January 1972 the Alumni Association announced that a limited number of Alumni Professorships—five— would be awarded the following fall to recognize exceptional accomplishment in undergraduate teaching, creative scholarship, and professional activities. The association built an endowment to fund the professorships to honor the university’s centennial celebration, and Frederick Donald Bloss became the first recipient. In 1975 the board of visitors changed the University Professor title to University Distinguished Professor at the recommendation of President William Lavery. Only 1 percent of the faculty can hold the UDP title.

Professors who have held the distinguished professorships and the year they received the honor are as follows:

University Professors
James M. Buchanan - 1969
Roy E. Blaser - 1971
Charles Burchard - 1969
John Cairns Jr. - 1972
Irving J. Good - 1969
George M. Harper - 1969
William C. Havard - 1971
Walter R. Hibbard Jr. - 1974
Leon Meirovitch - 1971
Dan H. Pletta - 1969
Charles I. Rich - 1969
Gordon Tullock - 1972
Paul F. Zweifel - 1971

University Distinguished Professors
Samuel K. Alexander - 1989
Robert J. Bodnar - 1999
Harold E. Burkhart - 1999
George B. Collins - 1975
J. Michael Duncan - 1987
Bernard F. Dukore - 1986
George J. Flick, Jr. - 1996
Gerald V. Gibbs - 1981
Nikki Giovanni - 1999
Michael F. Hochella Jr. - 2007
Lillian V. Holdeman - 1976
David Kingston - 1999
Paul L. Knox - 1996
Fred C. Lee - 1999
T. W. Luke - 1999
Robert E. Marshak - 1979
James E. McGrath - 1996
W. Leonard Meirovitch - 1983
James K. Mitchell - 1996
Lillian V. H. Moore - 1976
Walter Edward C. Moore - 1982
Herve Moulin - 1988
Ali Hasan Nayfeh - 1975
Thomas H. Ollendick - 1999
Arun G. Phadke - 2000
Frank S. Quinn - 1986
Hanif Sherali - 2007
Paul B. Siegel - 1975
Arthur M. Squires - 1978
John J. Tyson - 1996
Bruce Wallace - 1983
Garth L. Wilkes - 1999

Honorary University Distinguished Professor
Marjorie G. Grene - 1984

Alumni Distinguished Professors
Jacqueline E. Bixler - 2003
Rosemary Blieszner - 2002
Frederick Donald Bloss - 1972
Charles Bostian - 2004
Ezra “Bud” Brown - 2005
Arthur Buikema - 1999
Paul Antonie Distler - 1981
Gary Downey - 2007
Olivio C. Ferrari - 1982
Daniel Frederick - 1974
Scott Geller - 2005
Siegfried M. Holzer - 1996
Noel R. Krieg - 1982
Wayne D. Purcell - 1998
Charles Reinholtz - 2002
James I. Robertson Jr. - 1992
Lucinda H. Roy - 1998
George M. Simmons Jr. - 1992
Charles William Smith - 1981
William E. Snizek - 1992
James P. Wightman - 1987

Honorary Alumni Distinguished Professor
James P. Wightman - 1987