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TCU seeks out professors who have a passion for teaching as well as for conducting research 鈥 a combination that keeps them at the top of their fields. Through prestigious and enduring investments, generous donors create new knowledge and shape vibrant futures through exemplary research and teaching. Endowed faculty positions attract eminent national and international scholars, who draw other notable faculty and the brightest students to TCU. 

Here, we feature newly endowed chairs and professors being recognized in the 2023-2024 academic year鈥痑s they begin their first full year in their new roles. TCU thanks its generous donors and congratulates these deserving faculty. 

ENDOWED CHAIRS

Keith G氓ddiekeith 
Al and Dawn Hoffman Chair of the American Ideal 
AddRan College of Liberal Arts

G氓ddie is the inaugural holder of the Al and Dawn Hoffman Chair of the American Ideal in the Department of Political Science. He comes to TCU from the University of Oklahoma. As a scholar, he focuses on issues of the built environment and democratic values, and his written work explores how Americans conceive of democracy and the Supreme Court. 
  

John T. Harvey jh
Hal Wright Chair of Economics 
AddRan College of Liberal Arts 

Harvey has been named Hal Wright Chair of Economics. Since 1987, Harvey has been a professor of economics at TCU, with his areas of specialty including international economics, macroeconomics and contemporary schools of thought. He is a frequent speaker for civic groups, where he enjoys translating complex economic concepts into language that the lay public can easily understand. 
 

ENDOWED PROFESSORS

Antoinette DeNapoli ad
John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion 
AddRan College of Liberal Arts 

A professor of South Asian religions since 2017, DeNapoli focuses on asceticism, devotion, mysticism and gender dynamics within religious contexts. She is the editor of two forthcoming anthologies examining the interface between gender and religion.  
 

Enrico Elisi  ee
Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professor in Music  
College of Fine Arts

Elisi, also associate professor of piano and an accomplished Italian pianist, has garnered international acclaim throughout his nearly 20-year career.鈥疕e comes to TCU from the University of Toronto. Elisi has been a guest artist at renowned music festivals and achieved solo performances with the Florence Symphony in Italy, the Orchestra Classica de Porto in Portugal and the Jakarta Sinfonietta in Indonesia, among others.鈥 鈥  
 

Matthew Garcia mat
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Professor in Ranch Management 
College of Science & Engineering 

Garcia joined TCU this semester as the director of Ranch Management. He earned his doctorate in Animal Science Genomics from Washington State University in 2005. He earned his MBA in Innovative Management from Portland State University and his bachelor鈥檚 in Animal Science Genetics from New Mexico State University. He most recently served at Utah State University as associate department head and professor. In this role, he led their beef cattle extension that includes state-wide programs and regional programs in Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming and Idaho. 
  

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