Chair in Sexual Health

Eli Coleman, PhD

Dr. Eli Coleman, first Chair in Sexual Health

In 2007, the nation's first endowed Chair in Sexual Health was established at the Institute in Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH; formerly the Program in Human Sexuality) at the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Chair is recognition of the longstanding role that the Institute has maintained as a leader and innovator in the academic world of sexual science, in sexual health education, and in the treatment of sexual problems.

The permanent endowment ensures that the advancement of sexual health and support for the Institute will remain a priority at the University of Minnesota in perpetuity. To adequately support and grow the infrastructure of the Institute, we continue to build this endowment as a foundation towards a goal of $10 million.

Endowed chairs constitute one of the most time-honored and treasured means of paying tribute to the contributions of prominent faculty and researchers. The purpose of the Chair in Sexual Health is to help attract and retain an outstanding director by providing a permanent source of support for expenses related to the infrastructure of the Institute.

Income from the fund is used to provide the resources necessary to ensure the program’s stability and continued status as a national and international leader in research, teaching and training, clinical services, and public policy initiatives.