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Investiture Ceremony

Thursday, September 10, 2020 4 p.m.

Albert Sherman Center Auditorium

Investiture honors members of our faculty who have been appointed to named professorships and the generous donors who made these appointments possible. The first Investiture Ceremony was held in 1999 when there was such an extraordinary roster of honors to bestow that a new celebratory event to reflect this achievement was created. Today, there are 40 named professorships, a sign of the growth and maturity of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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Investiture is both a formal, academic ceremony and a warm, personal interaction. Recipients are recognized for their professional accomplishments, and donors, for their generous support. The two are symbolically linked when the donor presents a medallion signifying the appointment to the faculty member. The ceremony ends with the roll call of named professors, some of the finest scholars, scientists, teachers and researchers in the world.

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Endowments, precious and essential resources for the institution, increase UMass Worcester’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named professorships also provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of the institution’s academic and scientific environment.

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The new chairs bring the total of named professorships and chairs endowed at UMass Medical School to 41. Precious and essential resources for the institution, endowments increase the institution’s ability to attract and retain individuals distinguished in their fields. Named professorships also provide an opportunity for donors to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of the academic and scientific environment.

Invested Faculty 2019

The following professors were invested at the ceremony:

  1. Justin A. Maykel, MD, associate professor of surgery, was invested as the inaugural holder of the Joseph M. Streeter and Mary Streeter DeFeudis Chair in Surgery.
  2. Beth A. McCormick, PhD, vice chair and professor of microbiology & physiological systems, was invested as the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research Chair.
  3. Lawrence M. Rhein, MD, MPH, chair and associate professor of pediatrics, was invested as the Stoddard Chair of Pediatrics.
  4. Celia A. Schiffer, PhD, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology was invested as the Gladys Smith Martin Chair in Oncology.

For additional information about the endowed chairs at UMass Medical School, visit the Office of Advancement website.