“I’m trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists,” said Mr. Appignani, who is 83 and lives in Florida. “So this is a step in that direction, to make atheism legitimate.” Source:
Good news, but I think he makes a mistake in choosing a theological term for the title of the chair. I think it would not only be more appropriate but be better to use a secular term for a secular position. Humanist, Freethinker, Skeptic or Non-believer would have demonstrated no need for the language of religious faith instead of falling back into it.
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