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Friday, September 26, 2008

A sign of where we're going

Something great happened at UIS late yesterday afternoon. The only trouble is, it takes some academic jargon to explain it, and so I'll hold that to a minimum. What happened was a brief and elegant ceremony honoring Karl McDermott, the Ameren Endowed Professor in Business and Government. It was an investiture ceremony -- with Chancellor Richard Ringeisen giving McDermott the medallion that goes with the position. For UIS to have endowed professorships and chairs is prestigious; they attract great faculty, who attract great students, and the "cycle of excellence" continues, as the chancellor explained yesterday. UIS now has five such positions:

The Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies, last held by Dr. Phil Paludan.

The Wepner Distinguished Professorship in Political Science, for which a search is under way.

The Ameren Distinguished Professor of Business and Government, Dr. Karl McDermott.

The National City Distinguished Professor of Banking and Finance, Dr. Richard Judd.

The James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, which will be filled in January 2009 by Karen Swan.

And two more professorships on the way. It's part of our visionto be one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the United States.

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