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Six professors to retire from Wofford College

2009 Retirees
2009-05-12

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Two taught for 40 years at the institution


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Two professors who have taught at Wofford College for 40 years are among the six members of the college’s faculty retiring at the end of this academic year.

Dr. Phillip N. Racine, the William R. Kenan Professor of History, and Dr. Dennis M. Dooley, professor of English, both arrived at Wofford in 1969. Other retirees are Dr. Susan C. Griswold, professor of Spanish; Philip S. Keenan, associate professor of accounting; Dr. Nancy Mandlove, professor of Spanish; and Dr. Stephen C. Perry, professor of finance and accounting.

Racine recently was named the 2008-09 Faculty Member of the Year by the Wofford Campus Union student government organization. While teaching courses on the American South, the American Civil War, and the Salem Witchcraft episode, he wrote several books and contributed chapters to others, reviewed historical journals and wrote numerous articles. Among his published books are “Gentleman Merchants” (2008), “Seeing Spartanburg” (1999), “Piedmont Farmer” (1997), “Unspoiled Heart” (1994) and “The Fiery Trail” (with Richard Harwell) (1986). Racine, who chaired the department of history from 1990 to 2008, currently is working on another project, “A Mighty Big War in a Very Small Place: The Civil War in Spartanburg.” He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta.

Dooley came to Wofford in 1969 after completing his graduate work at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. His teaching specialties have been 19th and 20th century American literature, Southern literature and modern Irish literature. He started the Wofford Writers Series in 1982 and served as its director until 2000. He will be remembered for his pioneering Interim travel program to Ireland. Dooley served as chair of the department of English from 1993 to 200, and was college marshal from 1984 to 2000.

As a summa cum laude, Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1968, Griswold followed the completion of her bachelor’s degree with two years of study in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar. She completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in 1974. She taught at Middlebury College in Vermont and Indiana University-Bloomington, and served as dean of the Middlebury College Spanish School. Griswold came to Wofford in August 1980 as chair of the department of foreign languages. Innovations during her 12 years in that capacity include the introduction of Wofford’s participation in study abroad consortia, the reformation and expansion of the department curricula, the introduction of a modern film series, and the continued application of technology to teaching.

Keenan, who has been at Wofford for 28 years, is a graduate of Michigan State University and received his MBA from the University of Michigan. He spent four years as commander of a Titan II ICBM unit in the U.S. Air Force. He also taught at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit.

Mandlove is coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Wofford. She received the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences at Wofford in 2005. She previously held faculty positions at Converse College and Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship-in-Residence at New York University and was the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Seminar awards, one to Brazil and on to South Africa. She has provided consulting to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation Minority Fellowships, the U.S. Department of Education, the Michigan Technological University, St. Olaf College, and the University of Utah. She is a graduate of Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., received her master’s degree from Emory University, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Perry, a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, began teaching at Wofford in the fall of 2003. Retired from U.S. Army as a captain, he received his master’s degree from Harvard Business School in 1968. Perry served in executive positions in a number of corporations, including being president of Toledo Scale Corp., which later became Mettler-Toledo. He received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he also taught. He taught courses at American University, the School of Business at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research has included studies for the National Federation of Independent Business and the Municipal Government of the District of Columbia.

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(Top row, l-r, Dr. Philip N. Racine, Dr. Dennis M. Dooley, Dr. Susan C. Griswold; 2nd row, l-r, Philip S. Keenan, Dr. Nancy Mandlove, Dr. Stephen C. Perry.)