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Rawls College Announces New Endowed Chairs

April Chavez

October 23, 2020

Mayukh Dass and Tyge Payne

Mayukh Dass and Tyge Payne received two of the college's highest honors as chair holders.

The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business announced the appointment of two faculty members to endowed chair positions. Awarded based on excellence in research and teaching, endowed chairs are the gold standard of faculty distinction and recognition within Rawls College.

Mayukh Dass, associate dean of graduate programs and research, has been named the James L. Johnson Chair in Business Administration and Tyge Payne, Snyder professor of strategic management, has been named the Kent R. Hance Chair in Entrepreneurship.

"We are pleased to be able to recognize the outstanding performance of both Dr. Dass and Dr. Payne by naming them to these chaired positions. The generosity of the donors who created these endowments allows us to retain exceptional talent here in the Rawls College of Business," said Rawls College Dean Margaret L. Williams. "My congratulations go out to our newest chair holders who are each deserving of this recognition of their ongoing contributions to teaching, research and service."

As chair holders, these leaders carry a special responsibility to address critical research needs, expand work being done in their area of expertise and make innovative advances in their own portfolios of scholarly work.

Endowments are funded through the support of philanthropic partners, providing the necessary funding to advance research and teaching within Rawls College.

"The generous support from our alumni, friends and community partners to support endowed chairs and professorships enables us to recruit and appoint distinguished individuals who are at the top of their respective fields to these critical positions, which, in turn, will help us attract the highest quality scholars and students to Rawls College," said Williams.

View a full list of chair and professorship holders at Rawls College.