Georgetown College Psychology professor Susan Bell, a 1975 alum, received The Curry Award for Faculty Excellence from President Bill Crouch and Provost Rosemary Allen at Tuesday’s Founder’s Day (Jan. 23).
During her years as department chair, Dr. Bell oversaw a full curriculum revision and solicited grant funds to improve the teaching conditions in her department. She served the college as a whole on a dozen different committees, and she continually works to connect with the community as well.
The award is named for former English professors Gwen Curry and her late husband Ralph Curry, who was also a former department chair and was inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame in 2000. Gwen, who retired in 2002, was the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Professor of the Year for Kentucky in ’93.
Speaker Eric Fruge, who graduated the same year as Bell, gave a stirring presentation about the college’s early decades along with wonderful slides of people and places from that era on the big screen behind him. Dr. Fruge, previously our Director of Church Relations, is now Director of the Capital Campaign.
Also, these four luminaries were inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame:
Issachar Pawling (1757-1832), sometimes known as “the original founder of Georgetown College,” was a pious and devoted Baptist who committed his estate toward establishing a college for the education of ministers. Our Pawling Hall, built in 1844, to provide free room and board for ministerial students, is visible testimony to his legacy.
Billy Overton Wireman (1932-2005), class of ’54, was known as a visionary in higher education. In a 34-year span, he served as president at Eckerd College in Florida and Queen’s University in Charlotte, NC. He is credited with saving and transforming both institutions.
Hollis Spurgeon Summers, Jr. (1916-1987), class of ’37, was an author and teacher who had a major influence on future writers throughout the U.S. Among the famous Kentucky writers he influenced are Gurney Norman, James Baker Hall, Ed McClanahan and Wendell Berry. At the end of his career he was a Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University.
Buell Hilton Kazee (1900-1976), class of ’25, was a recording artist considered by some to be one of America’s best folksingers. Sandwiched in between 22 years as pastor at a Morehead church and being the first pastor a Lexington’s Devondale Baptist, Kazee taught at Lexington Baptist Bible College.