Four Faculty Named 2022 Bass Chairs

Distinction recognizes outstanding scholar ­teachers who are strengthening undergraduate education at Duke

New Bass Chairs: Xavier Basurto, Louise Meintjes, Deondra Rose and Cynthia Rudin.
New Bass Chairs: Xavier Basurto, Louise Meintjes, Deondra Rose and Cynthia Rudin.

Four faculty members have been named 2022 Bass Chairs and inducted into the Bass Society of Fellows in recognition of their demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research.

President Vincent Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth recognized the 2022 Bass Chairs, as well as those named in 2021 and 2020, during a reception at the J.B. Duke Hotel Tuesday evening.

The chairs were created in 1996 when Anne T. and Robert Bass gave $10 million as a matching gift to encourage Duke alumni, parents and friends to endow the positions. Candidates are nominated by faculty and evaluated by a faculty committee for having achieved “true excellence in both research and teaching” and being good university citizens.

Bass professors hold their named chairs for five-year terms and then become lifetime members of the Bass Society of Fellows.

The newly named Bass Chairs are:

Nicholas School of the Environment

Xavier Basurto, Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown & Sons Associate Professor

 

Sanford School of Public Policy

Deondra Rose, Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor

 

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Louise Meintjes, Marcello Lotti Professor

Cynthia Rudin, Earl D. McLean, Jr. Professor