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The Furman Standard

Furman boasts a long tradition of excellence in teaching and mentoring. Furman professors, known for their almost sacrificial willingness to help others, often maintain lifelong relationships with their students, and alumni continually share stories of how a mentor’s influence, advice or sympathetic ear helped pave the way for their future success.

To preserve and build on this tradition, the university is making a major investment in professional development for faculty. By offering professors greater support and expanded opportunities to pursue research, involve more students in their work and remain current in their disciplines, Furman is demonstrating its commitment to maintaining a faculty that is second to none, and to supporting both current and future mentors.

Through The Furman Standard, donors may honor one or more individuals by pledging $25,000 (payable over five years) or by establishing a $100,000 planned gift. Contributions to The Furman Standard will be pooled to help provide professors the materials, training, development and other opportunities they need to remain leaders in their fields. Donors and those they honor (or their families) will come together at an annual dinner on campus.

Nominate a Professor

To date, we honored 30 professors and raised nearly $2 million to support faculty development. To learn how you can honor an extraordinary professor, contact Shon Herrick at shon.herrick@furman.edu.

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Honoring Excellence

Furman professors, known for their almost sacrificial willingness to help others, often maintain lifelong relationships with their students, and alumni continually share stories of their mentor’s influence. To preserve and build on this tradition, the university is offering professors greater support and expanded opportunities to pursue research, involve more students in their work and remain current in their disciplines.