NSF International Endowed Chair

NSF International Endowed Chair

Ann Arbor–based NSF International has donated $1.5 million to establish the NSF International Department Chair in Environmental Health Sciences at the UM School of Public Health.

Founded at SPH under the name the National Sanitation Foundation, NSF International is a nonprofit organization that certifies products and develops standards for food, water, air and consumer goods.

“We’re extremely pleased to offer this gift to the University of Michigan School of Public Health because of our longstanding history, which stems back to 1944 when we were founded by public health professionals at UM,” said Kevan Lawlor, president and CEO. SPH Dean Ken Warner said the gift “will help us build upon the already excellent education our students receive.”

The NSF gift is part of the President’s Donor Challenge, a program launched by UM President Mary Sue Coleman to create endowed professorships and support need- based financial aid. With an additional $500,000 from the Donor Challenge, the total value of the gift is $2 million. In 2005, NSF International pledged $250,000 to establish an annual award for an SPH graduate student.

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Since 1944, NSF has worked to ensure that the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe are safe and worry-free.