Trustees approve retirements
Oct. 27, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- The retirements of six faculty members and three staff members were approved by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Oct. 27 meeting. Trustees also accepted the resignations of nine faculty members.
Five of the six faculty members retiring are doing so with emeriti status. Their names, years of continuous service and effective dates of retirement are: Dr. H. Byron Earhart, professor of comparative religion, 34 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2000; Dr. Margie J. Geasler, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, 10 years, effective Aug. 20, 2001; Fred C. Orlofsky, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation, 34 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2000; Dr. James R. Sanders, professor of educational studies, 26 years, effective Aug. 26, 2001; and Darrell B. Thomas, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, 33 years, effective June 30, 2001.
The board also approved the previously announced retirement of Dr. Ralph C. Chandler, professor of public affairs and political science, after 24 years on the faculty. His retirement was effective Oct. 9, 2000.
The staff members retiring are: Richard P. Atwell, manager of corporate training and development, 31 years, effective Nov. 12, 2000; Hazel L. Starcher, assistant to the dean of the College of Health and Human Services, 25 1/2 years, effective Dec. 31, 2000; and Corky O'Rourke Thomas, secretary in the School of Music, 11 years, effective Sept. 5, 2000.
The faculty members resigning are: Dr. Kumkum Banerjee, assistant professor of construction engineering, materials engineering and industrial design, effective July 23, 2000; Dr. Pat Gill, associate professor of English, effective May 4, 2000; Dr. Mohammed Haque, assistant professor of construction engineering, materials engineering and industrial design, effective June 23, 2000; Rosario Montoya, assistant professor of anthropology, effective April 16, 2001; Dr. William R. Peterson, assistant professor of manufacturing engineering, effective Aug. 6, 2000; Timothy Stebbins, instructor of mathematics and statistics, effective Aug. 6, 2000; Linda G. Stricklind, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences, effective Aug. 6, 2000; Dr. Carriette Weddle, assistant professor of nursing, effective Aug. 18, 2000; and Celia Williamson, assistant professor of social work, effective Aug. 6, 2000.
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