Steiner, Thornton and Turner retire from faculty

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Professors Stephen Steiner, Larry Thornton and Ruth Turner ’73 have retired from the College’s faculty. In honor of their service, all three have been granted emeritus status by the Hanover Board of Trustees.

Steiner, professor of chemistry / biochemistry and department chair, joined Hanover’s faculty in 2009. In addition to his classroom work and contributions to the Summer Research Fellows Program, he has also served as the College’s faculty athletic representative and director of the former Health and Biomedical Sciences Program (now Health Sciences Program). He will continue at Hanover as the Director of the Science Center.

Thornton, a professor of history and department chair, was appointed in 1986. He was a three-time recipient of the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Award for Outstanding Teaching (1991, 2004, 2014). He served as associate dean of academic affairs, where he led the development of Hanover’s initial interdisciplinary course sequence (“Eurasia”) and aided the introduction of credit-bearing study abroad opportunities and internships.

Turner, professor of political science and McManaman Endowed Chair, served Hanover students for 41 years. Since joining the faculty in 1979, she taught courses on Central and South America, directed the College Mentors for Kids program and served as a regional resource about the principles of politics, governance and socioeconomic difference. She placed emphasis on issues involving poverty, children and the environment.