Faculty & Presidents Emeriti

Faculty & Presidents Emeriti

According to the By-Laws of Methodist University, "Any employee of the University who has been employed for a minimum of ten years and who has been officially retired from the
University under the provisions of its retirement regulations may be granted the emeritus classification by the Board of Trustees. This election shall be for life or until revoked by the Board of Trustees." 

The living, retired faculty members and presidents listed below have been granted emeritus status by the University.

Faculty Emeriti

Dr. Linda Sue Barnes (1979-2007)

Professor of Biology; B.S., Mississippi College; M.S., University of Mississippi; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Mr. Robert W. Bloodworth, Jr. (1989-2006)

Associate Professor of Mass Communications; B.A., M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Suzan K. Cheek (1987-2003)

Professor of Political Science and Leadership Studies; Director, Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development; B.A., Wake Forest University; M.P.A., American University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Robert S. Christian (1968-2008)

Professor of English; B.A., Western Maryland College; M.A., University of Connecticut; M.Div., Drew University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Dr. Willis Cowan Gates (1960-1978)

Professor of Music; B.M., Peabody Conservatory; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ms. Patricia H. Jones (1982-2012)

Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics; B.A., Meredith College; M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Sue Laslie Kimball (1978-1996)

Professor of English; B.A., University of Kentucky; M.S., Saint May College; Ph.D., University of Alabama

Dr. Tryon D. Lancaster (1991-2003)

Professor of Education; B.S., East Carolina College; M.A., East Carolina University; Ed.D., Duke University

Mrs. Helen B. Matthews (1977-1998)

Associate Professor of Education; B.S., M.A., East Carolina University; further study, Duke University, Campbell University

Mrs. Betty Neill G. Parsons (1996-2007)

Associate Professor of Music; B.A., Methodist College; M.M., East Carolina University.

Dr. Robert C. Perkins (1973-2003)

Professor of History; B.A., University of Richmond; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Dr. John Claude Peyrouse, Jr. (1977-1996)

Professor of Theatre and Speech; B.A., M.A., University of Denver; Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Dr. Lorenzo P. Plyler (1967-1983)

Professor of Religion; B.A., Lycoming College; S.T.B., Ph.D., Boston University

Mr. Alan Miller Porter (1963-1998)

Professor of Music; B.M., Mount Union College; M.M., University of Illinois; further study, Ball State University; further study with Pierre Bernac and Paul Ulanowsky

Mrs. Joyce Elaine Porter (1963-2003)

Distinguished Professor of French; B.A., Mount Union College; M.A., Duke University; further study, University of Illinois

Dr. Robert Ritzema (2002-2012)

Professor of Psychology; B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

Dr. John S. Sill (1978-2007, 2009)

Professor of Sociology; B.S., M.A., Central Missouri State University; M.Div., Phillips University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Mr. Walter M. Swing (1980-1997)

Associate Professor of Accounting; B.A., East Carolina University; M.S.B.A., Boston University


President Emeritus

M. Elton Hendricks (1983-2010)

President; Professor of Physics; B.A., Wofford College; M.Div., Duke University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

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