The William R. Kenan Jr. Professorship William L. Patch Jr.

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship was established in 1971 by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust of New York. It honors the memory of Mr. Kenan, a prominent American industrialist who devoted a lifetime to the advancement of higher education. The Trust directed that the endowment maintain a professorship of eminence and distinction and that it support a scholar-teacher of distinction whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching, and interest in students will make a notable contribution to the undergraduate community. Selection of the professor and department with which he or she is affiliated is at the discretion of the President of the University.

Current William R. Kenan Jr. Professor:
William L. Patch Jr., Professor of History
Ph.D. Yale University
B.A., University of California at Berkeley

Lamar John Ryan Cecil Jr., Professor of History (retired 2000)
William A. Jenks, Professor of History (retired 1983)