|New professorships announced for 2005-06
RELEASED: June 16, 2005
DANVILLE, KYCentre College has announced two new endowed professorships. Both are three-year renewable titles.
The Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Professorship in International Studies was established by a $500,000 gift from the Brown Foundation, to honor Frank B. Hower in his retirement from the board of the Brown Foundation. Hower is also an emeritus Centre trustee and a 1950 graduate of the College.
The first recipient of the Hower Professorship is Nayef Samhat, who has taught in the government and international studies programs since 1996.
The Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professorship in Government and Law was established by gifts from friends to honor Judge Pierce Lively '43 and his late wife, Amelia Harrington Lively '45.
The first recipient of the Lively Professorship is Dan Stroup, who has joined the faculty in 1976.
"Because of the importance we attach to the quality of instruction here, increasing the number of endowed professorships is among the top funding priorities of the Campaign for A More Perfect Centre," says Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations. "When donors choose to honor people such as Pierce Lively and Frank and Virginia Hower with endowed professorships, the College is doubly blessed."
Three existing professorships will have new holders in the 2005-06 school year.
The three-year-rotating Paul L. Cantrell Professorship in Humanities, established by a $250,000 gift from J. David Grissom '60, chair of the board of trustees, will go to Jim Morrison, who will be Cantrell Associate Professor of Classics. Dr. Cantrell, for whom the professorship is named, taught English at Centre from 1949 to 1989.
The new John Marshall Harlan Professor of Government will be Bill Garriott '66 . Established by anonymous gifts, the professorship honors John Marshall Harlan, Class of 1850, one of the Supreme Court's most acclaimed justices. He is perhaps most famous for his 1896 dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, the case that made "separate but equal" the law of the land.
Beau Weston has received a three-year nonrenewable National Endowment for the Humanities Professorships. He will be NEH Associate Professor of Sociology.
In addition, recipients of the H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professorship have been named. Established by bequest of H.W. Stodghill Jr. '36, longtime Centre trustee and retired president of Independence Life & Accident Insurance Co. of Louisville, the three-year renewable professorship recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship among those who hold the rank of full professor.
The 2005-06 Stodghill professors are Brian Cooney, Stodghill Professor of Philosophy; Mykol Hamilton, Stodghill Professor of Psychology; Bill Johnston, Stodghill Professor of Mathematics; and Sheldon Tapley, Stodghill Professor of Art.
Finally, the 2005-06 Centre Scholars are: Larry Bitensky (music), Keith Dunn (chemistry), Helen Emmitt (English), Alex McAllister (mathematics), Mark Rasmussen (English), and Joe Workman (chemistry). Part of an initiative started by Board Chair David Grissom's challenge gift, the two-year rotating Centre Scholar honor is designed to recognize excellence in faculty service to the College's mission.
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