DEFIANCE, Ohio –In honor of the late Dr. Richard Stroede, the Defiance College faculty has unanimously approved renaming of the college’s Distinguished Faculty Citation. The annual award will now be known as the Dr. Richard W. Stroede Distinguished Faculty Citation.
Defiance College has recognized a faculty member with the award each year since 1985. This serves as the highest faculty honor and recognizes ongoing dedication to Defiance students as well as the academic mission of the institution.
Dr. Stroede retired as academic dean and vice president for academic affairs in 2004. At that time, he was recognized with the title Dean Emeritus and was also awarded the college’s Pilgrim Medal. Dr. Stroede began his tenure at Defiance College in 1964. He was a faculty member for many years and later was named associate academic dean before his promotion to academic dean and VP for academic affairs. He also served as acting president during the summer of 2002.
“It is hard to imagine a Defiance College faculty member or administrator that has had such a longstanding and significant influence on maintaining the quality of our academic mission,” said Dr. Tim Rickabaugh, interim academic dean.
The next presentation of the award will be made during the College’s annual Honors Convocation to be held in April. Recipients of the award are nominated by their peers. Dr. Stroede was a recipient of the award in 1991.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
November 1, 2010