Establish or Revise a Professorship

Learn about establishing or revising a professorship at Columbia University.


Requests to the Provost for the Trustees to establish or revise a professorship must be reviewed by Endowment Compliance. Approval from Endowment Compliance will be required before you submit the paperwork to the Provost’s Office.


  • Submit documentation to Endowment Compliance no later than the required deadline.
  • Submit draft letter to Provost, along with documentation of the underlying terms and restrictions (e.g. gift instruments, solicitations, gift review committee approvals).
  • Email to [email protected]copy [email protected].

Approval from Endowment Compliance will be emailed to the department, with a copy to Pearl Spiro, Assistant Provost for Academic Appointments at [email protected].

For more information, review Professorship Endowments – Income Spending Guidelines.


Specific inquiries should be directed as follows:

Questions regarding the financial administration of endowment and gift funds:

Office of the Controller
Contact: Jacqueline Erickson
Director, Endowment and Gift Administration and Compliance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (212) 854-9689

Questions regarding legal issues (e.g., legal interpretation of terms and restrictions, modifying restrictions):

Office of the General Counsel
Contact: Remi Silverman
Associate General Counsel
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (212) 854-0287

In addition, the Office of University Compliance provides a compliance hotline website for confidential, anonymous and open communication of any compliance concerns or suspicions of business misconduct.


For comprehensive guidance on how to manage and spend endowment funds, the University has developed the following policies:



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