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Catawba College Trustees Approve Tenure for Four Faculty Members


Tenure for four faculty members was unanimously approved when the Catawba College Board of Trustees met Feb. 18 and 19 on campus.

Trustees heard tenure recommendations from Catawba's faculty tenure and promotions committee. Tenure was granted to Melissa "Missy" Barnes, assistant professor of theatre arts, Dr. Michael Bitzer, assistant professor of political science, Dr. Julie Chamberlain, assistant professor of music, and Dr. David Schroeder, assistant professor of English. ;

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Trustees were informed that the faculty tenure and promotions committee had also approved promotions in rank for four faculty members, effective with the advent of the 2008-2009 academic year. Dr. Michael Bitzer will be promoted from assistant to associate professor of political science; Dr. Julie Chamberlain will be promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of music; Dr. Mark Sabo will be promoted from associate professor to professor of chemistry; and Professor Christopher Zink will be promoted from associate professor to professor of theatre arts.

Ketner, JrThe Board recognized one of its members, Glenn Ketner, Jr., a Salisbury attorney, as a trustee emeritus. Ketner, who served more than 30 years as a trustee, decided to step down from active service on the Board.

The Board welcomed Alumnus Curtis Easter '65 of Lexington, S.C., as a new member of the Board. Easter was elected to the board at the October 2007 trustees' meeting.

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Trustee Chester A. "Junie" Michael III '70 of Mooresville was recognized by his peers as an exemplary leader for chairing Catawba's recent Endowing Catawba's Future campaign. That endowment campaign, under Michael's leadership, met its goal of raising $35 million. This goal was met in less than two years and by the end of the five-year campaign, the college expects to receive in excess of $40 million in pledges and gifts to the endowment. Michael was presented with an original painting of his Winston-Salem Parkway Ford dealership completed by Catawba College senior McKenzie Burman of Rollsville. 

Burman and PaintingTrustees observed a moment of silence in memory of Dr. Bruce F. Griffith, a Catawba alumnus '62 and professor of history, who died Feb. 12 after 44 years of service at the institution. College Provost Dr. Jesse McCartney told trustees the faculty senate, in the weeks before Griffith's death, had voted to honor him as the recipient of the 2007-2008 Trustee Award for Outstanding Service to the College.

In other matters, the Board set tuition for the 2008-2009 academic year at $22,290, room at $4,480, and board at $3,220, for a total cost of $29,990. College President Dr. Robert Knott told the Board that in recent years, Catawba's annual increases in tuition, room and board had been generally in line with other private colleges in the state. Last year, Knott said, Catawba's tuition, room and board had placed the institution 13th in cost among the 39 private institutions of higher education in the state. He indicated the tuition, room and board for the coming year would keep Catawba at approximately the same rank.


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