Three chairs designed to enhance the instructional quality of the University are provided through a combination of supplemental income from foundations and the regular university budget.
The Fuller E. Callaway Chair in the College of Arts and Sciences was established in 1969 through support from the Callaway Foundation, Inc. The purpose of this program is to encourage the enrichment of the academic program through the retention and addition of superior faculty members. The Fuller E. Callaway Professor teaches principally at the undergraduate level on a full-time basis.
The Warren P. Sewell, Sr., Chair of Private Enterprise in the College of Business was established in 1979 through an endowment provided West Georgia by the Warren P. and Ava F. Sewell Foundation. The purpose of this program is two-fold: to attract a highly qualified professor to exemplify excellence in teaching, and to focus attention on the historic contributions and contemporary importance of the American free enterprise system.
The Marion Crider Distinguished Chair for Mathematics in the College of Science and Mathematics was established in 2002 through an estate gift of Sara Hazeltine and matching funds from the University System of Georgia's Eminent Scholars Program. This was the first Eminent Scholars Program fully endowed chair in the University's history. The chair attracts highly qualified faculty in mathematics. It memorializes Marion Crider, a beloved teacher, whose career spanned 23 years at West Georgia.