June 20, 2000

CONTACT: Linda Rider



YPSILANTI - Four Eastern Michigan University faculty members and three staff members were granted emeritus status by the Board of Regents at its regular meeting June 20.

Faculty granted emeritus status:

Richard A. Abbott (posthumous), professor, Department of History and Philosophy (1966-2000). Noted for his contributions as an outstanding faculty member and scholar, Abbott served EMU for 34 years. He helped establish EMU's African American Studies Department and created his very popular military history course. He received the university's Distinguished Faculty Award for his research and scholarship. Abbott earned his bachelor's degree at Grinnell College (1958), his master's degree at the University of Missouri (1959) and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin (1965). He died April 14, 2000.

Richard D. Goff, professor, Department of History and Philosophy (1964-2000), retired April 2000. Known as a model teacher of American history, a student favorite and scholar, Goff served EMU for 36 years. He earned his bachelor's degree at Duke University, his master's degree at Cornell University and his Ph.D. at Duke University.

James R. McDonald, professor, Department of Geography and Geology (1968-2000), retired April 30, 2000. Noted for his outstanding teaching and research on campus, McDonald served the university for 32 years. He earned his bachelor's degree at Antioch College, and his master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana.

John N. Pappas, professor, Department of Fine Arts (1960-2000), will retire August 31, 2000. During his 40 years at the university, he has built a reputation for excellence in the teaching of sculpture and drawing, won international acclaim as an artist and contributed his time and talents to all areas of the Art Department. His campus involvement is distinguished by his efforts to increase the presence of sculpture on campus. Pappas earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Wayne State University.

Staff granted emeritus status:

William E. Shelton, president, Eastern Michigan University (1989-2000). Due to his outstanding leadership as EMU's president during his 11-year tenure, Shelton led the university through unprecedented growth and improvement and has positioned EMU for continued success. He retired in May 2000. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Memphis State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Mississippi.

Gary Strickland, coordinator of athletics training, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (1970-2000), will retire July 7, 2000. Noted as a diligent trainer and educator, Strickland also served EMU as a faculty member in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and more recently as a lecturer and clinical instructor in EMU's accredited athletic training program. Strickland earned his bachelor' degree from Wayne State College (Nebraska), his certificate in physical therapy from the University of Iowa, and his master's degree from Western Illinois University.

W. Scott Westerman, retired dean of the College of Education (1971-1992). Westerman's commitment to quality education brought EMU national recognition for outstanding academic programs and a national reputation as one of the largest producers of quality educators in the U.S. Under his leadership, the first doctoral program at EMU in the Department of Leadership and Counseling was established. He earned his bachelor's degree at Northwestern University and his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan.