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Familiar Faces, Different Places

Friday, March 15, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford began its spring semester with some familiar faces in new places with different responsibilities.

Dr. Vivian B. Fisher now chairs the department of English. She replaced Dr. Dennis Dooley, who remains on the faculty as a professor and full-time teacher. Fisher earned a B.A. at Duke University and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Emory University. She has been on the faculty at Wofford since 1973. Her academic interests are literature, history and architecture of the Victorian era. She lives in a beautifully restored home of the 1890s vintage in the Hampton Heights historic district of Spartanburg.

Dr. John C. Cobb '76, associate professor of English, has been named director of the humanities program. His duties includes overseeing first-year humanities seminars as well as the humanities major and other interdisciplinary course offerings. He is also a co-moderator of the Presidential Seminar. Before formally joining the department of English in 1994, Cobb earned two master's degrees and the Ph.D. at Rutgers University.

Stepping down as head men's soccer coach after 16 seasons, John Blair has moved to the office of student affairs to assume the duties of college conference coordinator. He will manage conference services and work to meet the needs of external groups contracting to use Wofford facilities. He also will oversee campus calendar software. Blair is a native of Matawan, NJ, and graduated from Marietta College in Ohio. During his time at Wofford, he rendered exceptional service to state-wide youth soccer and assisted students and graduates in placement services.