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Wofford College announces promotions, appointments

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College has announced a number of faculty promotions, along with appointments of faculty and staff.

Promoted to professor:
Dr. Ellen Sue Goldey, biology. She is a graduate of the University of the South and received her Ph.D. from Miami University.

Dr. William Eddie Richardson, finance. He is a graduate of Belmont College and received his MBE from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Gerald Thomas Thurmond, sociology. He is a graduate of Baylor University and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Promoted to associate professor:
Dr. Katerina Andrews, economics. She is a graduate of American College of Greece and received her MBA from Delaware State University. She received her Ph.D. from Clemson University.

Dr. Caleb Anthony Arrington, chemistry. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Dr. Laura Helen Barbas Rhoden, foreign languages. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University.

Dr. Karen Hope Goodchild, art nistory. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Sally Anne Hitchmough, English. She is a graduate of the University of Sheffield. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Anne Baltz Rodrick, history. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Timothy John Schmitz, history. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

Dr. Timothy David Terrell, economics. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University and his Ph.D. from Auburn University.

Dr. Dewey Edward Welchel, education. He received his bachelor’s degree, M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Promoted to professor emeritus:
Dr. Larry Thomas McGehee, religion. He is a graduate of Transylvania University and received his B.D., M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

New faculty:
Dr. Kara L. Bopp, assistant professor of psychology. She has been teaching psychology as a visiting professor at Hamilton College, where she studied as an undergraduate. Bopp earned a master’s degree from New York University and recently completed a doctorate in experimental psychology at Syracuse University. Her research pursuits include lifespan cognitive development, particularly in memory and aging.

Dr. Alan D. Chalmers, professor of English. He spending nearly 15 years at the University of South Carolina Upstate as an associate professor of English. Chalmers earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield and the Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. He has taught English language in Vienna, Salzburg and London. Chalmers’ wife, Dr. Sally Hitchmough, is a professor of English at Wofford, and he is the drummer in a popular local band that includes professors Mark Ferguson (Wofford Class of 1994), Clayton Whisnant and W. Eddie Richardson.

Dr. Cynthia Fowler, assistant professor of anthropology. She spent a semester as a lecturer at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia and a doctorate in ecological anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Honolulu. She is as an author and editor of the “Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science,” an online source of information for forest managers.

Dr. Eun-Sun Lee, associate professor of music and director of the Wofford Chamber Players. She spent a year as visiting professor and director. Lee attended the Julliard School, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance under Dorothy DeLay. She completed the doctorate at the University of Southern California, studying under Eudice Shapiro (violin) and Milton Thomas (viola).

Dr. Bryan Splawn, assistant professor of chemistry. After graduating from Wofford in 1995, Splawn earned master’s and doctoral degrees in analytical chemistry from Purdue University. Splawn leaves Argonne National Laboratory, where he has conducted research in the area of homeland security.

Dr. Amy Hope Dudley Sweitzer, assistant professor of English. She was an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sweitzer graduated from the College of William and Mary before going on to earn a master’s and doctoral degrees from UNC. She is a scholar in the field of Renaissance literature.

Dr. Philip G. Swicegood, associate professor of finance. Swicegood has worked as directing partner for the Broad River Group LLC and as a consultant for Horizon Investments LLC. He also has served on the faculty at Gardner-Webb University, where he was won the “Teacher of the Year Award” and the “Student Choice Award.” He earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a Ph.D. at Florida State University.

Dr. Daniel Mathewson, assistant professor of religion. He recently received his Ph.D. from Emory University, and was a part-time instructor at Wofford last fall. He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Messiah College and a master of theological studies summa cum laude from Duke University Divinity School.

New staff:
Susan Day Gray, director of donor relations in the Development Office. She had been director of stewardship at Furman University since 2000 and served 14 years as director of development, admissions and public relations at Spartanburg Day School. She is a graduate of Furman with a bachelor of arts degree in history.

Brian Lemere, director of residence life. An Easley, S.C., native, he has a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a master’s in human resource management from Clemson University. He has held positions at Berea First Baptist Church, Furman University and Greenville Technical College.

Christy Melton, assistant director of residence life. She received degrees from Centenary College in English and French. She is completing work on her master’s of arts in education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Libby Long, coordinator for the Bonner Scholars Program. A Columbia native, she recently received her bachelor of arts degrees in politics and theatre from Converse College, where she was active in a number of organizations including the Bonner Leaders Program.