|Centre awards new Stodghill professorships
College also honors veteran professors
RELEASED: June 17, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre College has named five professors to the newly created H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill professorships, established by the largest gift ever received by the College.
The Stodghill professors are: Beth Glazier-McDonald (religion), Barbara Hall (music), Ken Keffer (French and German), Stephen R. Powell (art) and John Wilson (mathematics). The new titles officially take effect in the fall.
The Stodghill professorships recognize excellence in both teaching and scholarship and other professional activity among faculty members who have achieved the rank of full professor. All five of the recipients have previously held two- or three-year rotating professorships presented by the college in recognition of outstanding teaching and professional achievements. The Stodghill professorships are renewable.
They were made possible by a $20-million bequest from H.W. and Adele Stodghill. The Stodghills stipulated that half their gift should support the faculty and half should go toward student scholarships. Mr. Stodghill graduated from Centre in 1936 and served as a Centre trustee for almost 30 years. He retired as president of Independence Life & Accident Insurance Co. of Louisville and died in December of 2002. He and his wife, who predeceased him, had no children.
Glazier-McDonald, professor of religion and a current Centre Scholar, has taught at Centre since 1988. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of George Washington University and earned her M.Div. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Hall is professor of music at Centre, where she has taught since 1980. She previously held the rotating Hazelrigg Professorship in Humanities. Hall earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, a master's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from Indiana University.
Keffer, professor of modern languages, and a former holder of the rotating NEH Professorship, holds a bachelor's in French and English from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a master's and doctorate in romance languages from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has taught at Centre since 1979.
Powell, professor of art and a former holder of the rotating Cantrell Professorship, joined the faculty in 1983. He earned a bachelor's degree in painting and ceramics from Centre in 1974 and a master's in fine arts from Louisiana State University.
Wilson, professor of mathematics, holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He completed master's and doctoral degrees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has taught at Centre since 1985 and formerly held the rotating Dowling Professorship. In 2002, Wilson received the award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics from the Kentucky Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
For other recently announced faculty awards, go to http://www.centre.edu/web/news/2004/factitles04.html.
For more on Centre's faculty, go to http://www.centre.edu/web/academic/faculty/faculty.html.
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