Four Michigan State University College of Natural Science faculty members were formally invested as endowed faculty members at a ceremony held March 21 at MSU’s Wharton Center.
Jeffrey Freymueller, the Thomas A. Vogel Chair for Geology of the Solid Earth, Dalton Hardisty, Allen McNamara and Songqiao Wei, all endowed professors of geological sciences, are faculty members in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
“NatSci is proud to welcome and honor these four outstanding individuals,” said Phillip Duxbury, dean of the College of Natural Science. “We are most grateful to the donors whose generosity made it possible to establish these prestigious positions so that we could attract such exceptional scientists to our ranks.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our department,” said David Hyndman, Earth and Environmental Sciences chair. “Through the generous gifts of our alumni, we’ve been able to greatly strengthen the entire department, especially in the realm of deep subsurface geophysics. It’s something that we never imagined coming together but it became a reality because of the incredible support provided by our anonymous donor and other key benefactors.”
Doug Gage, MSU assistant vice president for Research and Innovation, Phillip Duxbury and David Hyndman, were present at the ceremony, along with other NatSci and EES faculty, staff, students and invited guests.