Fred B. Lovitch, a Kansas University of Kansas law professor, has been awarded a new Chancellors Club teaching professorship, KU Chancellor Gene A. Budig announced Wednesday.
Authorized in December 1989, the professorship is the ninth of its kind established by the club at KU.
Lovitch joins the elite group of Chancellors Club professors who each receive an annual $5,000 stipend as long as they remain active in teaching at KU. The Chancellors Club, formed in 1977 by the Kansas University Endowment Association, funds the award through its members' unrestricted contributions.
Chancellors Club professors are chosen for outstanding teaching ability, use of innovative and thorough teaching materials, and recognition for excellence by their students and colleagues.
"Professor Lovitch has earned this distinction through 17 years of superb teaching," Budig said.
John T. Stewart III, chairman of the Endowment Association's board of trustees, said this was the first new Chancellors Club Teaching Professorship established since February 1986.
Sidney A. Shapiro, John M. Rounds distinguished professor of law and a faculty member who nominated Lovitch for the professorship, said, "Professor Lovitch is regarded universally by his students as an outstanding teacher and, for many, as the best they have ever had. But he is also a `teacher's teacher.' Because of his teaching skills, most of the younger faculty at the law school have approached him to be their mentor.''
Lovitch has a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his law degree in 1965 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A specialist in corporate and securities law, he practiced in that area for six years at two Philadelphia law firms. In addition, he has been of counsel to the Kansas City, Mo., law firm of Polsinelli, White, Vardeman, and Shalton since 1983.
He came to KU in 1972 as an associate professor and became a full professor in 1976.