From the Arbor | News for February from Jerry Weakley

This past weekend saw the University’s Board of Trustees assemble for meetings at both the Baldwin City and Overland Park campuses of CAS, SPGS and the School of Education. I have a small article inside this month’s issue of the Arbor that will give some of the details related to the subjects of these meetings.

On Friday evening, the board joined with members of the faculty, administration and some staff to enjoy a dinner in Overland Park. This dinner was held in honor of accomplishments of faculty colleagues and to greet the newest members of that group who had earlier that day been voted promotion, sabbaticals and in some cases, tenure.

As President Pat Long ascended to the podium to congratulate these faculty members she also made two previously unannounced and unexpected revelations that served as both a fitting and defining conclusion to the banquet.

First, Dr. Pat announced that Dr. Bill Neuenswander was being honored with the title Dean Emeritus of the School of Education. Bill came forward for a plaque and received a standing ovation from those assembled for his many years of valuable and meritorious service as a member of the education faculty, as a chair of the education department and as both an assistant dean and dean of the more recently configured School of Education.

The final surprise announcement came as Dr. Pat asked retired professor of Art, Mr. Walter Bailey, ’62, to come to the dais. With a shocked and almost worried look on his face, Walt worked his way to the dais where Dr. Pat, with some emotion, announced the creation of a new endowed Chair in the Humanities at Baker that would be named in honor and in perpetuity of Professor Bailey. The chair is being created through a financial gift from Mr. Rick Schaffer, ’70, a former student of Professor Bailey and a longtime supporter of programs from within the department of art. Walt was, as someone said, “for once” speechless and made his way back to his table surrounded by family to another standing ovation.

To say the least, everyone left the dinner with a warm and wonderful feeling for all the achievements and announcements made that evening. I bet I can also add that most would claim that they left with renewed energies and a further desire to go forth and do much good for dear old BU!

Congratulations to all the members of the faculty receiving promotions, tenure and sabbaticals that evening and also to Bill and Walt for their years of dedicated teaching and service to the University. All of these honors were so well deserved!

Access the current issue of the Arbor. I hope you will find something in it that will inform, entertain or further engage you with our University!

Jerry Weakley ’70 M.B.A. ‘92

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