Former Student Donates $5 Million to St. Andrews To Endow Chair in Philosophy


Christopher C. Davis studied moral philosophy and practical theology at the University St. Andrews, graduating in 1987. Nearly 30 years later, he has just donated $5 million to his alma mater to create a “Chair in Philosophy and Public Affairs” as well as endowed lectureship in American Literature, according to a press release from the university. 

Mr. Davis works in investment management. Of St. Andrews, he says:

I owe more to St Andrews than I can say. The University’s ethos embodies values that are increasingly rare on campuses and in society: academic rigor, informed and open-minded debate, internationalism, good-willed collegiality and simple decency. In today’s world, what could be more deserving of support?

The chair will be named “The Shelby Cullom Davis Chair in Philosophy,” after Mr. Davis’s grandfather.

More information about the donation can be found here.

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