Faculty Support

Faculty Support

At the heart of the Bren School is its distinguished faculty. Our internationally recognized faculty members attract top graduate students to the school, enhance our educational programs, provide service to the community, and disseminate their extraordinary knowledge throughout society.


Endowed Chairs

An Endowed Chair ensures faculty excellence, making it one of the most important gifts to higher education.

Appointment to an Endowed Chair is among the highest honors that UCSB, by way of a donor's generosity, can bestow upon a faculty member. These positions acknowledge in a permanent and distinctive way an eminent scholar's contributions in teaching and research. Nothing is more effective than an Endowed Chair at attracting and retaining professors of high distinction.

An Endowed Chair is much more than a platform upon which a scholar sits. It is, in fact, a permanent endowment created by a philanthropic gift that annually supports the teaching and research of a scholar, thereby contributing to the steady advancement of knowledge. (An endowment consists of money that is permanently invested in order to provide interest income in perpetuity.)

Through the creation of Endowed Chairs at the Bren School, foundations, corporations, and individuals can provide the resources to make possible significant academic advances in the area of environmental science and management.

Further information regarding individual Endowed Chairs is available upon request. Please contact Patti Winans by calling (805) 893-4589 or by e-mail.

Donald Bren Chair for the Dean of Environmental Science & Management
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
The Donald Bren Foundation, Donor
Steve D. Gaines, Dean

Donald Bren Chair in Corporate Environmental Management
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
The Donald Bren Foundation, Donor
Gary Libecap, Bren Professor

Donald Bren Chair in Corporate Environmental Management
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
The Donald Bren Foundation, Donor
Christopher Costello, Distinguished Professor in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving

Donald Bren Chair in Environmental Law & Policy
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
The Donald Bren Foundation, Donor

Donald Bren Chair in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science & Management
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
The Donald Bren Foundation, Donor