A college or university improves its mission by being able to attract outstanding persons by having endowed Chairs. In the person’s name, the Chair will make continuous contributions to education. The naming of a Chair is a lasting honor to the selected individual. The University of Rio Grande has four endowed Chairs named in honor of Harland Martin, William A. Lewis, Ina Alban, and Morris Haskins.

The Harland Martin Endowed Chair of Business – Mr. Martin, a native of Southeast Ohio, was a respected citizen, farmer, businessman, and entrepreneur.

The Dean Williams A. Lewis Endowed Chair of Psychology – William A. Lewis, a native of Gallia County, was a respected alumnus, faculty member, president, and dean of Rio Grande College.

The Morris E. Haskins Endowed Chair of Business – Mr. Haskins, a respected banker and entrepreneur in Gallia County, served diligently on behalf of the entire community as well as the University.