Kilachand Professorship for Charles Dellheim
Honors College director is first holder of new chair| From Commonwealth | By Rich Barlow
Charles Dellheim, director of the Kilachand Honors College, has received the new professorial appointment as Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor. Photo by Frank Curran
Historian Charles Dellheim’s book-in-progress will explore a largely ignored aspect of the plunder of great art by Hitler’s henchmen. “I am less interested in how and why Nazis ransacked Jewish-owned collections—a tragic but well-known story—as in how Jewish outsiders acquired so much great art in the first place,” he says.
Illuminating history’s murkier corners requires financial support, and finishing the book just got a little easier, says Dellheim, thanks to a generous research stipend accompanying his appointment in March as the University’s first Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor. The newly created academic chair recognizes his status as the founding director of the Kilachand Honors College.
“I am thrilled to receive this honor, which recognizes the tremendous collaborative effort that has gone into creating” the college, says Dellheim, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of history.
Like the college, the chair is named for the parents of BU Trustee Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74), whose $25 million gift supports the Honors College.