The Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair in Social Work is a prestigious position dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families in all their configurations. It is one of few academic position with such a purpose in a school of social work in the country.
The Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair in Social Work was established in 1982 to honor the pioneering work of the late Belle Smith Spafford, the ninth General President of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Under the leadership of Florence Jacobsen and with the participation of many of Ms. Spafford’s friends and admirers, the College of Social Work created the endowment to fund the Spafford Chair.
“Through the endowed chair,” said Ms. Jacobsen, “the progress in social work that [Ms. Spafford] pioneered will continue, in her name, to meet the challenges the future holds.”
The College of Social Work hosts an annual Spafford Roundtable event, during which the current Spafford Chair presents her/his work to colleagues and the community.