When faculty members distinguish themselves among Purdue's outstanding scholars, their contributions must be truly exceptional. Distinguished Professorship is a special recognition bestowed on a select few professors who have achieved national and international prominence.
Conferring the title of Distinguished Professor requires a rigorous academic review and appointment by the Board of Trustees. Distinguished professorships allow us to recognize the important combination of excellence in research, teaching and service to the community.
A gift of $2,500,000 is required to endow a distinguished professorship.