GEORGETOWN, KY – Dr. Thomas Cooper is recipient of Georgetown College’s 2014 Curry Award for Faculty Excellence. It was presented Tuesday, January 21, at the annual Founders Day Convocation officially opening the spring academic term.
In remarks before students, faculty and staff, Dr. Rosemary Allen, Provost and Academic Dean, cited Dr. Cooper’s “quiet competence” and “extraordinary capacity to think carefully about academic matters as he serves in high stakes positions” on campus.
“He’s identified as someone with uncommon common sense,” she said. “One who sees through the muck and asks the clarifying question.”
As a teacher, Dr. Allen said this year’s Curry Award recipient is described as “challenging, influential and interesting,” someone who empowers students to take charge of their own learning, and who teaches how to think, not what to think.
Dr. Cooper is Georgetown’s James Graham Brown Professor and Chair, Department of Business Administration and Economics. He has provided leadership for his department for 15 years.
The Curry Award, one of three significant faculty awards given annually, is named in honor of Drs. Ralph and Gwen Curry, two long-time leaders of the Georgetown faculty and former chairs of the English department. It is intended to recognize three elements of faculty life that were important to the Currys: service to faculty, excellence in scholarship, and dedication to students.
Also during the Founders Day Convocation, John M. Ballbach, class of 1982, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and William B. and Ann Bolton Bevins of Georgetown, Kentucky, were inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to honor outstanding alumni and friends who have made distinctive contributions to Georgetown College during their lifetimes. Inductees are memorialized with marble plaques placed in their honor in the Richard and Karen Ward Room of the Anna Ashcraft Ensor Learning Resource Center.