Xavier University established the Besl Family Chair as a part of the Ethics/Religion and Society Program. This program was endowed with the support of a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and donations from Timothy Garry, a Xavier alumnus, and three generations of Besl family members.
The current holder of the Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society is Myron M. Jackson. Dr. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Illinois University, where he wrote a dissertation on Ironic American Exceptionalism and the Myth of the Open Self. He taught at Grand Valley State University before coming to Xavier. His interests include social and political philosophy, philosophy and religion, philosophy of culture, public law, the history of political thought, and philosophy and race.