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Board of Trustees approves faculty promotions, tenure

During its spring meeting Saturday, the Furman University Board of Trustees approved promotions and/or tenure for 13 faculty members, and granted emeritus status to 13 professors who are retiring this summer.

The board also recognized the contributions of two trustees–Francie M. Heller of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Gordon R. Herring of Greenville–whose terms will expire June 30.

Faculty members promoted to the rank of full professor were Terri L. Bright (art), Weston R. Dripps (earth and environmental sciences), Brian C. Goess (chemistry), Erin R. Hahn (psychology), Suresh Muthukrishnan (earth and environmental sciences), Savita Nair (history), Travis W. Perry (biology), Greg Springsteen (chemistry) and Alfons H. Teipen (religion).

Courtney L. Tollison (history) was promoted to the rank equivalent to a senior lecturer/full professor as Distinguished University Public Historian and Scholar.

Those promoted to the rank of associate professor and granted tenure were J. Cecilia Kang (music) and Erin Wamsley (psychology). Patricia P. Sasser (library) was promoted to the rank of associate librarian.

The 13 professors granted emeritus status are John S. Beckford (music), Paul M. Cook, II (mathematics), Gilles O. J. Einstein (psychology), Leslie W. Hicken (music), Lon B. Knight, Jr. (chemistry), Paul G. Kooistra (sociology), Marianne M. Pierce (business and accounting), William J. Pierce (health sciences), Douglas F. Rall (mathematics), Daniel C. Sloughter (mathematics), William D. Thomas, Jr. (music), Laura K. Thompson (biology) and Diane C. Vecchio (history).

All promotions, tenure and emeritus status become effective Aug. 1.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

Last updated May 20, 2019
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