Board of Trustees approves three emeriti awards at OUE

ST. CLAIRSVILLE Longtime Ohio University Eastern faculty members Dr. Larry Bush, Dr. David Noble and Dr. Kate Tennant were recently recognized with emeriti status by the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

The status of emeritus or emerita was introduced by Ohio University President Herman Jones in 1940, to recognize those who had served the university with distinction. From that moment until today, over 700 faculty and staff have been recognized with this status, including 19 who have worked primarily at the Eastern Campus.

“There can be no doubt that the heart and soul of a university is its people,” said Eastern Campus Dean Rich Greenlee. “Dr’s. Bush, Noble and Tennant have distinguished themselves by being exemplary teachers and for their many years of dedicated service to Ohio University.”

Dr. Larry Bush, associate professor emeritus of mathematics, began a remarkable 40 year teaching career at the Eastern Campus beginning in 1969. He taught an amazing 34 different classes and was extremely active on the campus and in the community, serving as Chair of the Natural Science Division, Faculty Senator and Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He was also credited with publishing multiple scholarly articles and mentoring many faculty members over the years.

Dr. David Noble, assistant professor emeritus of English, has provided the Eastern Campus with distinguished service in literature since 1983. He was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the student body in 1999 and credited with developing a variety of undergraduate literature and film courses including American Literature to the Civil War, 19th Century British Literature, Critical Approaches to Fiction and Literature of the Dark Ages.

Dr. Kate Tennant, assistant professor emerita of nursing, was cited for excellence in teaching, research and service during the past 25 years with the School of Nursing. She was twice selected as the “Outstanding Professor” in the College of Health Sciences & Professions and was known as a pioneer in distance education, travelling to every regional campus to teach in the RN-BSN program. She was also the principal investigator for a number of externally funded grants, including the $300,000 Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation Grant in 2006.

Greenlee concluded, “We are most grateful to have had Larry, David and Kate as colleagues, and wish them well in the next stage of their life’s journey. Their significant contributions to our campus and Ohio University will not soon be forgotten.”