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As the senior retiree with 43 years of service, Peggy Hypes, professor of education, reflected on her tenure at the university. She said she came to teach at Carson-Newman in 1977 because she knew East Tennessee was where she wanted to live forever.
“I’ve found the faculty, administration and students wonderful. Even when I was made other offers to move, I just said no,” she said. “I just really liked the people with whom I worked and the students. Why should I move?”
University president Charles A. Fowler says the announcement of this retiring group is bittersweet, noting the university’s loss, but also joy for each member entering into retirement.
“It is certainly with mixed emotions that we announce these retirements. We are saddened to bid them farewell, but at the same time know they all continue to be members of our Carson-Newman family,” said Fowler. “We celebrate with them as they each begin this new chapter of life. And we are thankful for them for their work and dedication to making Carson-Newman what it is today.
“These colleagues have invested their lives into C-N students for decades,” continued Fowler. “Their investment has been substantive and will reap rewards for decades to come as their students impact their communities as servant-leaders and educated citizens. Their collective imprint on C-N is an indelible mark recognizing service, excellence and sacrifice.”
Carson-Newman provost Jeremy Buckner echoed Fowler’s thoughts.
“How does one measure the significant contribution these beloved faculty (members) have made over a lifetime at Carson-Newman? God has blessed the lives of countless students through these faculty members,” said Buckner. “Many will continue to teach part-time this year, demonstrating their continued love of and service to C-N. I cannot express adequately in words my admiration and love of my colleagues.”
• Laura Andon (26 years), teacher education Admissions & service advisor;
• Sheridan Barker (40 years), professor of Communications.
• Patsy Boyce (32 years), professor of Biology;
• Ross Brummett (33 years), professor of Religion;
• Nancy Farris (32 years), assistant professor of Family & Consumer sciences and director of C-N’s Child Development Lab.
• Don Garner (40 years), professor of Religion.
• David Henderson (13 years), staff member for the university’s Physical Plant.
• Margaret Hoag (6 years), administrative assistant for Graduate Education and Counseling.
• Peggy Hypes (43 years), professor of Education;
• Steve Karr (33 years), professor of Biology;
• Billy Ray Martin (32 years), staff member for the university’s Physical Plant.
• Clark Measels (37 years), professor of Music;
• Linda Parks (30 years), accounts payable manager.
• Eric A. Thorson (39 years), professor of Music and director of choral studies; and
• Mike Turner (39 years), head football coach. B&R