These endowed positions enable CSU to recruit outstanding scholars, teachers and researchers in the field of Chemistry.

Picture of Robert WilliamsDr. Robert Williams Professorship in Organic Chemistry

Dr. Robert Williams has had an extraordinary research and teaching career at Colorado State University. To honor his work and continue his research legacy, the College of Natural Sciences seeks to establish the Dr. Robert Williams Professorship in Organic Chemistry.

Dr. Williams has been dedicated to involving many students in his research through the Williams Research Group, training successive generations of scientists who are making their own marks in bio-organic chemistry and biosynthesis. His students have gone on to careers as scientists at pharmaceutical companies and as educators. “I love watching students become scientists,” Dr. Williams has said. “By the time they are done here, they’re ready to take on the world, and that’s very satisfying.”

Dr. Robert Williams Professorship in Organic Chemistry will allow Colorado State University to provide a College-level Endowed Professorship to support a tenured or tenured-track organic chemistry faculty position in the Department of Chemistry within the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University. Preference is to be given to an organic chemist with active research interests in cancer and/or infectious diseases. The primary intent of the Professorship is to recruit new faculty. If this is not feasible, it may be awarded to a current organic chemist in the Chemistry Department. The Professorship is to provide funds to enhance education and research associated with the recipient’s work in organic chemistry.

Please join us with a gift to support the Dr. Robert Williams Professorship in Organic Chemistry and continue the legacy of teaching, mentoring, and groundbreaking research conducted by Dr. Williams, his colleagues, and his undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

CSU featured a video congratulating Dr. Robert Williams and highlighting the establishment of this new Professorship in Organic Chemistry.

Albert I. Meyers Chair in Chemistry Endowment


This endowed chair is named in honor of Albert Meyers, a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus who served at Colorado State for more than 30 years.  It  recognizes his outstanding contributions to the Department of Chemistry and ensures that his tradition of outstanding leadership continues at the university.  This chair provides fund to enhance teaching, research and industry outreached.  Income from the chair provides additional resources to enhance the program and fund research, conferences, distinguished visitors and graduate and undergraduate support.

John K. Stille Chair in Chemistry Endowment


This endowed chair is named in honor of John K. Stille, one of CSU’s first University Distinguished Professors One of the world’s foremost synthetic polymer chemists, Stille pioneered research in synthetic, polymer, and organometallic chemistry and developed a highly cited and widely used palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction involving organotin compounds that bears his name.   Stille’s research was cut short with his death on July 19, 1989, in the crash of United Airlines 232 in Sioux City, Iowa.  Income from the chairs provides additional resources to fund research in Organic Chemistry.