Investiture for Chair

Photo of Johannes Moenius in front of a bush

An investiture is planned May 17 for Dr. Johannes Moenius, the William R. and S. Sue Johnson Endowed Chair of Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Planning. Moenius will be also be honored that evening at a private reception and dinner hosted by the University and President Ralph Kuncl.

“Awarding a chair is the highest academic honor the university community can bestow on a faculty member,” Moenius said. “To me personally, it is an incredible honor, as I am fully aware that Redlands has many other exceptional faculty members, both senior and junior, who would have been as deserving as me.”

Moenius, the founding director of the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis, is an economist and has been a University of Redlands faculty member since 2005. His new position comes with a heavy responsibility, he said.

“While a chair provides a higher level of academic freedom, it comes with the obligation to maintain this level of academic excellence to do justice to the award,” Moenius said. “It presents the opportunity to promote initiatives or strengthen specializations of University-wide importance, such as the promotion of teaching excellence or international business, as in the case of the Hunsaker chairs.”

According to Moenius, universities may use chairs as investments in the future, or as an opportunity to hire, reward or retain exceptional faculty. Moenius plans on using this platform as a way to further objectives.

“The Johnson Chair I will be holding promotes spatial research in connection with the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis, so it serves a combination of two goals at the same time,” he said.

Posted: May 10, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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