April 13, 2017

University of Michigan Bicentennial: Monumental gift yield’s U-M’s first-ever professorship

While Elizabeth Bates set the precedent nearly 120 years ago, today the Medical School has nearly 300 endowed professorships

History of professorships in U-M Medical School

In 1898, the estate of Elizabeth H. Bates, M.D., made a monumental gift to the U-M Medical School that left a lasting impact on the organization. Her generosity served as the springboard for today’s robust catalog of endowed professorships that keeps Michigan Medicine among the global leaders in education, research and clinical care.

Surprisingly, however, Bates had little connection to the university that compelled her to donate.