FIFTY YEARS is a long time. Doing the same job for that amount of time is noteworthy. Making a difference in the lives of countless individuals during that span is priceless.
Mike McTeague can be described in one word -- remarkable. How else would you describe someone who has given 50 years of his knowledge, caring and passion to students at Ohio University Eastern?
McTeague starting teaching history at OUE in 1965. It was scheduled to be just a one-semester gig. Five decades and three retirements later, McTeague is still going strong in his academic realm.
McTeague was honored last week at Belmont Hills Country Club in front of a large crowd of well-wishers and admirers for his unwavering dedication to the school and for the many achievements he realized along the way.
He has worn many hats during his half-century tenure. "I've been almost everything except librarian and janitor," he said.
McTeague, like most OUE instructors, was expected to pull double duty. It was a labor of love for him as he also performed administrative duties while teaching.
After 50 years at OUE, he has undoubtedly witnessed a myriad of changes -- be it that most of the students were early on using the GI Bill or those students being forced to finish their degrees at the main campus in Athens, as well as seeing a myriad of personnel moves. Regardless, McTeague has remained the one constant at the St. Clairsville-area based institution.
McTeague recently retired as the campus's associate dean. That does nothing to change his teaching plans. He will back at OUE this coming fall semester, doing what he loves to do -- teach history.
McTeague and OUE have morphed into the ideal academic marriage. We salute Mike McTeague for 50 years of classroom excellence while also hoping that there is no end in sight.