New Endowed Chair to Honor Columbia University’s First Black Trustee

Columbia University is establishing an endowed chair to honor M. Moran Weston, the first African American to serve on the university’s board of trustees. Dr. Weston was the rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, a professor of history at the State University of New York at Albany, and one of the founders of Carver Federal Savings Bank. Weston died in 2002.

The chair will be endowed with a $3 million fund established by a joint effort between the university and the alumni association. The chair will be filled by a scholar in the arts and sciences whose work focuses on some aspect of the African-American experience.