Hoskins, Umoren headline 81st-annual Honors Convocation
2018 Honors Convocation award recipients

Seniors Cara Hoskins and Immanuel Umoren headlined Hanover College’s student academic award recipients, while professors Darrin Rubino and Paul Battles received the top faculty awards, during the College's 81st-annual Honors Convocation. The traditional event, featuring the Class of 2018 and faculty in full academic regalia, was held Thursday, April 12, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Pictured (l-r): Darrin Rubino, Immanuel Umoren, President Lake Lambert, Cara Hoskins and Paul Battles

Hoskins, a communication major, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She also received the Distinguished Award in Communication.

A member of the Business Scholars Program, Hoskins has served many roles during her four years on campus, including: residence hall director, lead tutor at the Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, president of the Student Broadcasting Association, president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and scholarship chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also has been active as co-founder and vice president of Circle K, a campus volunteer organization, fundraising chair for Earthwide Outreach by Students and a marketing intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Umoren, an international studies and communication major, was presented with the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He also earned the M. Anwarul Haq International Studies Award and the John B. Goodrich Prize in Oratory.

During his time on campus, Umoren was elected to serve two terms as president of Hanover’s Student Senate and served for two years as a student representative on the College’s Board of Trustees, as well as one term as vice president of the Catholic Students Organization. He has also worked as a peer advisor and an ambassador for international student recruitment.

Rubino, a professor of biology, earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award. Established by the College in 1969, the honoree is selected by a ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

A member the Hanover faculty since 2002, Rubino's areas of focus include botany, plant taxonomy, ecology, research methods and tree-ring analysis. He joins Larry Thorton, professor of history, and George Curtis, former professor of history, as three-time recipients of the honor. He also earned the Baynham Award in 2007 and 2012.

Battles, a professor of English, received the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award, named for the biology professor who died in 2011, recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Battles, who joined the College’s faculty in 1999, teaches courses in early and medieval literature, linguistics, literary theory, and fantasy and science fiction. His research interests include Old- and Middle-English poetry, genre, intertextuality and Germanic myth.

81st-annual Honors DayRecipient
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceCara Hoskins
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceImmanuel Umoren
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardDarrin Rubino
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityPaul Battles
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardElizabeth Nellis
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardJoshua Hill
The Mary Mildred Sullivan AwardTynisha Little
The Dennis Kovener AwardColleen Beasley
The Distinguished Award in AnthropologyGianna Bennett
Bryn Wigney
The Distinguished Award in Art HistoryAsumi Oba
The Distinguished Award in Art & DesignCarley Gancher
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardCarley Gancher
The Enos Pray Biology AwardJessica Schonegg
The Distinguished Award in BiochemistryWill Bridgeman
Gerald R. Johnson ’69 Business Scholars Program Academic Excellence AwardJoe Rector
Betsy Milligan Johnson ’70 Business Scholars Program Achievement AwardScarlett Hartlage
The Business Scholars Program Award Business Analytics Achievement AwardJoseph Korjenek
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAlana Feeley
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryTaylor Lineberry
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationCara Hoskins
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceSakib Hague
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsMichael Dumaine
Mikhaila Hamilton
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationAllie Brooks
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationZach Bosell
The Distinguished Award in Special EducationNatalie Williamson
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsBaily Garey (1st Place)
Madison Grimes (2nd Place)
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishAnna Kemple
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishEmma Jones
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeAlex Kitchel
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingEmma Jones
The Eli Mace Essay PrizeWill Werner-Wilson
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingTheresa Wynn
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceLex Helms
The Distinguished Award in FrenchDoug Seals
The Distinguished Award in GeologyJosh Ford
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardAlex Kitchel
Natalie Williamson
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceMeghan Lanter
The M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyGriffin Green
Caroline Miller
The Morse Mathematical AwardMikhaila Hamilton
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeKenny Jarnagin
Teal Burnett
The Distinguished Award in MusicAbigail Rinck
The Distinguished Award in PhilosophyKaren Annese-Granger
The Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsAndrew Knecht
The Fleming Physics AwardSakib Haque
The Darryl L. Steinert Award in PhysicsOliver Hollaert
Marissa Childs
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceDoug Seals
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardNatalie Williamson
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyMallory Fogus
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyElizabeth Nellis
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJennifer Gilly
The Distinguished Award in SpanishThomas Doering
Bryn Wigney
Distinguished Award in TheatreAnna Kemple
Distinguished Award in TheologyFalyn Moncrief
Hanover launches new dining service partnership

Hanover College has entered into a long-term contract with Parkhurst Dining to manage the College’s food service and catering operations, President Lake Lambert has announced.

A family-operated company, Parkhurst is a division of the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. Parkhurst has been recognized with awards from Food Management Magazine, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, The American Culinary Federation, FoodService Director Magazine, and others, for its dining-service management, commitment to high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and a fresh approach to food preparation. With specialization in private college and university food services and corporate dining, the company also is committed to sustainability and high client satisfaction.

Hanover’s partnership with Parkhurst will provide an increase in menu options, greater accessibility to dining facilities and more formats for feedback at two dining areas in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. Expanded dining hours will be available for students and employees with unconventional schedules.

With an emphasis on sustainability and the environment, Parkhurst chefs will prepare scratch-made foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and on-the-go, as well as provide catering services for meetings and special events.

A leader in the dining industry when it comes to sustainability, Parkhurst has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement since 2002 when it developed its FarmSource® program. The program finds and partners with local growers and family-owned farms for produce and artisanal products within a 150-mile radius of any given site, and meat within a 400-mile radius. More than 20 percent of food served by Parkhurst is sourced locally.

A passion for creating and enjoying good food drives Parkhurst’s approach to offering meals that are fresh, made-from-scratch and cooked in small batches. The campus community will be able to select from a creative mix of nutritionally balanced entrees prepared with fresh-cut vegetables, lean proteins and healthy grains. Diners also will enjoy multicultural foods, fresh vegetarian and vegan entrees, along with an extensive salad bar, featuring soups made from homemade stock.

Renovation projects will breathe new life into Hanover’s main dining room and alternate dining space, The Underground.

The main dining room, which seats nearly 300, will feature a stone-hearth oven, cooking-demonstration-equipped action station, breakfast nook and additional stations for drinks and desserts.

Parkhurst’s significant contribution to the Underground will feature two new dining options for the fall semester: Cinco Cantina and Firehouse Grille. The space will also feature a newly built Starbucks We Proudly Serve café and enhanced seating and decor throughout the space.

Cinco Cantina is a customizable, fresh Mexican concept, while Firehouse Grille will offer hand-breaded chicken, fresh, never frozen hamburgers, house-made macaroni and cheese and hand-cut French fries.

The On the Go! area will feature a wide variety of freshly prepared and packaged soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks. The Starbucks café, which will replace the existing coffee shop in the Withrow Activities Center, will serve iconic coffee and espresso drinks, including the popular Starbucks Frappuccino® drinks.

The Underground will soon be assessed for its eventual renovation. Alterations to the main dining room will begin in June and be completed prior to the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Theatre department to present Molière's "The Misanthrope"
two silhouettes seated with a valley view

The Hanover College Theatre will stage Molière's classic comedy “The Misanthrope,” Thursday-Sunday, April 12-15. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in The Other Place, located in the former Donner Lecture Hall.

Updated to current times, Hanover's production of the “The Misanthrope,” presents "a searching comic study of falsity, shallowness and self-righteousness. The misanthrope in this case is Alceste, a man whose conscience and sincerity are too rigorous for his time.”

“The Misanthrope” was first performed in June 4, 1666, at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris. The play has appeared on Broadway five times, including its first appearance in 1905 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The work marked its first appearance at Canada’s Stratford Festival in 1981.

Hanover's presentation will be directed by Dathan Hooper, a veteran actor who has worked in film and television, along with numerous professional theatre companies including Actors Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, Stage One Family Theatre and Rush Trowell Entertainment. His directing credits include "Livin' Fat," by Judi Ann Mason; "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," by Lonne Elder III; "Eukiah," by Landford Wilson; and "The Past is the Past."

General admission tickets are free, however, patrons are encouraged to reserve seats online in advance. Tickets may be printed or scanned upon entry from a barcode on a mobile phone.

Seven alumni to receive achievement awards in May 5 ceremony
headshots of seven alumni achievement award honorees

Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards will be presented to seven Hanover graduates during a May 5 ceremony. The honors, presented annually, recognize Hanoverians who have distinguished themselves in their profession and through service to their community or the College.

The event will begin at noon in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center.

Dr. David Henderson ’69, Marabeth Ice Levett ’71, Jon Miller ’97 and Richard Nicholas III ’72 will each received the Alumni Achievement Award. Bryan Gabriel ’06, Jared Smith ’08 and Jesika Kuzuoka Young ’08 will each be presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Henderson, who resides in Silver Spring, Md., is deputy director for clinical care at the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA).

Henderson’s primary research interests probe occupational risks for, and prevention of, the transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the healthcare setting and the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms.

He has received seven NIH Director's Awards and two Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Distinguished Service Awards. In 2010, to honor his career contributions to epidemiology, Henderson was selected as the SHEA Lecturer for the 5th International Decennial Conference on Nosocomial Infections.

Levett has been an active member of the Columbus and Culver, Ind., communities for more than 40 years, donating her energy to civic, social and educational organizations.

Levett served as co-chair for Hanover’s “Live Our Loyalty” campaign, which secured more than $50 million in cash, pledges and planned-gift commitments from 2009-14. She was co-leader of Concerned Citizens of Marshall County, which opposed and won a ban on commercial wind farms in that county. She has been a member of the Lake Maxinkuckee Association Board and president of its environmental fund board.

Levett has given her time to a number of Columbus-area organizations, such as Bartholomew County Historical Society, Columbus Cotillion, Columbus Culture Club, Columbus Magazine Club, Treasure Hunter’s Antique Club and P.E.O, a philanthropic educational organization for women.

Miller recently completed his 10th season as Hanover’s men’s basketball coach. He has guided the Panthers to a 172-97 overall record, including back-to-back 20-win seasons.

Under Miller, Hanover’s squads have also earned two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season and post-season titles, as well as two straight berths in the NCAA III tournament.

The Panthers’ 2016-17 campaign proved to be one of the best in school history. The team advanced to the College’s first NCAA III tournament Elite Eight and finished with a 26-4 overall mark.

Through the last eight seasons, Miller’s squad has registered the highest victory total of any team in the conference (105-39). Hanover is the only HCAC program to qualify for the league’s post-season tournament in each of the last nine years.

Nicholas served in a variety of positions during a 27-year career with the Coca-Cola Company.

His roles with Coca-Cola included service as chief economist for hedging sugar purchases, manager of purchasing operations, manager of strategic planning, vice president Burger King account team-worldwide, senior vice president Coca-Cola-Japan, president Coca-Cola-Korea and Micronesia, president and chief executive officer Coca-Cola-India and senior vice president McDonalds account team-international.

Prior to his tenure at Coca-Cola, Nicholas, who now resides in Roswell, Ga., worked as commodity economist for Clayton Brokerage and as agricultural economist in-charge of hedging sugar, coffee and cocoa purchases for The Pillsbury Company.

Before graduate school, he joined the Peace Corps and worked for the Ministry of Economic Development in Botswana. He also served the British government in India, Angola and Rhodesia.

Gabriel, who lives in Nashville, Ind., is the founder and chief executive officer of Mainstream Fiber Networks, which focuses on providing affordable fiber optic broadband and telecommunications services to unserved and under-served communities in Indiana.

The growing operation, with more than 200 miles of cable, serves rural area schools, governments and communities in four south-central Indiana counties.

In addition to his corporate efforts, Gabriel served as a trustee in Washington (Ind.) Township from 2008-12 and supports education programs centered around technology. He is currently a member of the Brown County (Ind.) Schools S.T.E.M Community Leadership Advisory Board (science, technology, engineering, math) and Hanover’s Engineering Advisory Board, as well as the Phi Delta Theta fraternity housing board.

Smith is an award-winning trial lawyer at McCoy, Hiestand & Smith, PLC, in Louisville, Ky.

In 2017, Kentucky Monthly named Smith a top lawyer and rising star. He was recipient of the American Association for Justice’s New Lawyers Division Excellence Award in 2016-17 and, in 2015, was recognized as the Kentucky Justice Association’s outstanding board member.

Smith was included in the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40” from 2015-17. He was tabbed one of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys’ “Top 10 Under 40” in 2016.

A state delegate to the American Association for Justice, he was one of 16 individuals selected to participate in its 2017 leadership academy. He also serves as a district vice president on the Kentucky Justice Association’s board of governors.

Young, formerly vice president and commercial banking officer for MainSource Bank’s Kentucky/Southern Indiana market, is a co-owner of Women Who Wine for a Cause, which raises awareness for women- and children-based organizations and connects professional women.

She also serves as president of the National Association of Women Business Owners Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter and, in 2016, earned NAWBO’s EPIC Award for supporting partner of the year. In addition, she was highlighted as the 2018 “woman to watch” by BizWomen and, in 2017, was included in Louisville (Ky.) Business First’s feature, “Forty under 40.”

Young, who resides in Floyds Knobs, Ind., is involved with Greater Louisville Inc., Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana and a contributing writer to Millennial Mom Magazine.

Gage appointed to enrollment management post

Christopher Gage has been appointed vice president for strategy and enrollment at Hanover College.

Gage ascends to the position after working in a variety of roles at Hanover since joining the College’s admission staff in 2005. Since January 2016, he has served as special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and external relationships. In that time, he has provided support and advice for various functional and departmental matters that drive the student experience and revenue, as well as alumni and community engagement.

Photo of Chris Gage

“For more than 12 years, Chris has been a valued employee and leader at Hanover,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “I am pleased that he has accepted this new position.”

Gage, who also stepped in as Hanover’s interim vice president for enrollment management in November 2017, has also directed campus academic quality improvement projects, coordinated efforts for external community engagement and business relationships and facilitated new campus-wide strategic-planning efforts. In addition, he has monitored higher education trends and policies, worked to enhance institutional visibility, supported athletic department fundraising initiatives and provided communication strategy and support to Board of Trustee's executive committee.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as Hanover’s new chief enrollment officer,” said Gage. “Not unlike most private liberal arts and science institutions across the country, Hanover is in a highly competitive admissions environment and I would not want it any other way.”

A veteran member of Hanover’s admission efforts, prior to his cabinet-level position, Gage served the office of admission as dean (2011-16), director (2009-11), associate director (2007-09) and assistant director (2005-07).

As dean, he was responsible for the College’s recruitment and enrollment efforts, evidence-based strategic planning, data analysis and visualization, geodemographic student search, financial aid analysis, predictive modeling and projections. He played a key role in the increase of Hanover’s overall campus enrollment, including a substantial improvement in the percentage of students of color and international students, as well as help foster a substantial increase in prospective student inquiries, applicants, deposits and campus visits.

“Competition ensures creative thinking, innovation and disruptive transformation,” continues Gage. “I see Hanover embracing these concepts to move the College forward, while holding sacred our core liberal arts founding and philosophy. Specific to the admission office, it will not be known in enrollment circles by how exclusive or selective we are, rather how inclusive and welcoming Hanover is to all students.”

Gage is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He served as president of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling last year.

He received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University‘s Kelley School of Business in 1999 and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business in 2005. He earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017.

Transgender person’s navigation of faith community topic for peace and social justice forum

The Bill and June Rogers Peace and Social Justice Speakers Forum will present Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterians, Tuesday, April 3. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center.

Alex McNeil

A lifelong Presbyterian, nationally known educator and advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Christians, McNeill is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He will be speaking on his experience as a transgender person navigating a faith community, using a story-telling format to build both understanding and empathy.

The event is open to the public, free of charge.

McNeill has trained hundreds of Christians to become community leaders through the Institute for Welcoming Resources and the Reconciling Ministries Network.

He also campaigned for ballot measures and legislation to promote LGBTQ rights, playing a key role organizing faith communities for the passage of marriage equality legislation in Maryland and the Presbyterian Church’s Amendment 10A, which outlines requirements for ordained service.

McNeill holds a master’s of divinity from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. His journey to ordination is currently being chronicled in a documentary, “Out of Order.”

He currently lives in Asheville, N.C., with his wife and three dogs.

More Light Presbyterians strives to work for the full participation of LGBTQ people in society and the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

College hosts regional History Day competition

For the second consecutive year, the Hanover College History Department hosted the Southeast Indiana Regional National History Day. The event, held March 17 in Classic Hall, featured more than 120 area middle- and high-school students competing in group and individual projects.

National History Day logo

The National History Day program, which annually attracts more than 5,000 students statewide, provides a framework for students to create projects ranging from exhibits and documentaries to websites, reenactments and poster/paper exhibits. The competition also provides a platform to present historical research at a regional, state and national level.

The entries were judged by more than 25 College faculty and students, members of the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors and area volunteers.

Finalists advance to the state level in Indianapolis in April 14. The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will be held June 10-14 at College Park, Md.

Hanover’s history department is slated to host two key events in 2019. The Southeast Indiana Regional National History Day will return to campus March 16, 2019. The College will also host the annual Indiana Association of Historians, featuring the state's college and university history professors, Feb. 22-23, 2019.

Campus safety under watchful eyes of Jim Hickerson '78

The safety and well-being of the Hanover College community falls into the veteran hands of Jim Hickerson and the five officers who serve the office of campus safety.

Jim Hickerson

Hickerson, a 1978 Hanover graduate, returned to his alma mater as director of campus safety in 2011 after a 33-year career with the Indiana State Police. During his tenure with the police force, he gained a wealth of experience – and the respect of his peers – after ascending from trooper to squad sergeant, assistant district commander and, ultimately, district commander.

“I have been fortunate to build many relationships throughout my years in the criminal justice system,” said Hickerson. “These relationships have been a great resource for me as campus safety director. Our local law enforcement agencies do a great job supporting Hanover College.”

Hickerson has close-knit relationships with all facets of local and area law enforcement. During his lengthy police career, his connection with generations of officers stemmed through varied experiences beyond the apprehension of criminals, including roles as an instructor at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, squad leader for a tactical intervention platoon, defensive tactics instructor and as a witness for criminal and traffic cases.

In addition, he worked numerous large-scale events, accident, disaster and crime scenes. He was also a crime and accident investigator, assisted the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board with the investigation of aircraft accidents and coordinated Secret Service protection for U.S. presidents visiting the region.

Along with having his eyes on the Hanover campus, he continues to receive contemporary training in an array of areas ranging from the autism spectrum, human trafficking and sexual harassment to weapons of mass-destruction and mass-fatality incidents.

Prior to coming to Hanover, he participated in a high level of industry and community involvement through service to organizations such as the Clark County (Ind.) Youth Coalition, Southern Indiana Triad Advisory Board, Louisville Athletic Club, Ivy Tech Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Henryville Correctional Institute Community Advisory Board and Freeway Incident Management Group.

“I believe that campus safety is a team effort and requires the participation of the entire campus community,” said Hickerson. “Our officers need the cooperation of our staff and students to create a safe and secure campus. The safety, well-being and security of our students and staff are always my top priority.”

Hickerson, a native of Jeffersonville, Ind., studied sociology at Hanover. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and also competed as a four-year member of the College’s football team and track and field squad. He later graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

Questions about Hanover's safety programs or procedures may be directed to the vice president of student life at (812) 866-7075 or the office of campus safety at (812) 866-7175.

Graduation schedule gets revamped
Hanover College academic seal

Hanover’s graduation events will operate under a new schedule starting with the Class of 2018. Instead of holding the College’s traditional baccalaureate service in the morning and commencement in the afternoon of the same day, beginning this spring, the events will be held on separate days.

Baccalaureate will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The event will be followed by a reception for graduates, families and the campus community.

Commencement will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 26. The ceremony will be held at the Point, weather permitting, or Collier Arena.

Jeffrey Phillips appointed first director of Hanover’s engineering program

Jeffrey Phillips, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer, power industry expert and former National Science Foundation Fellow, has been named the first director of Hanover College’s engineering program.

Phillips, who will begin his role at Hanover June 1, comes to the College after serving as a senior project manager at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research.

Jeffrey Phillips

For the past 10 years, Phillips has led EPRI’s Charlotte, N.C.-based research and development programs in advance fossil and renewable power generation. He is a recognized expert in carbon dioxide capture and storage. He also has substantial experience in the electric power, oil and gas, petrochemical and waste-to-energy industries.

“Hanover is very excited to have recruited such an experienced engineering professional to lead our new program,” said Hanover President Lake Lambert. “Dr. Phillips shares our vision for an engineering program with extensive industry partnership locally and regionally.”

Steve Jobe, the College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, adds that Phillips "stood out in a pool of talented candidates because of his close acquaintance with and strong commitment to the values and the value of a liberal arts education."

Phillips combines his global energy experience with a passion for academia. In addition to his work with EPRI, he has also served as an adjunct instructor of engineering at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and as a guest lecturer in energy-related engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lehigh University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics at Austin College.

“I am excited by the challenge of starting a brand new engineering program, and the fact that it will entail merging the liberal arts with engineering is even more intriguing to me,” said Phillips. “For me, merging engineering with the liberal arts is not just an intellectual concept, it has been my life. Not only did I start my college career at a small liberal arts college founded by the Presbyterian Church in the 1800s, I was raised by a father who was an American history professor at that college.”

Hanover’s newly launched program is grounded in the ideas, skills and experience of engineering within a liberal arts environment. Critical thinking and creative problem-solving are emphasized, with a challenge to students to collaborate, communicate effectively, complete research projects and receive career training before graduation.

“All engineers are good at math and science,” adds Phillips. “If they were not, they never would have passed their engineering courses and graduated. What will set Hanover engineers apart is their ability to communicate, their ability to collaborate with other engineers and non-engineers, and their understanding of the wider world.”

The College’s engineering department offers two engineering degrees, the bachelor of science degree in engineering and the bachelor of arts degree in engineering science.

Hanover’s bachelor of science degree program offers coursework in mechanical, electrical, electromechanical and computer engineering. The track is designed for students who wish to pursue career paths in engineering or applied science working in industry, research or entrepreneurial endeavors. It prepares students for both advanced studies and professional employment.

The bachelor of arts degree program provides an interdisciplinary education in mathematics, science and engineering. The track encourages students to incorporate diverse cognate areas, such as business, economics or art and design. The curriculum prepares students to effectively pursue careers in engineering management, public service, business or entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining Electric Power Research Institute in 2004, Phillips worked as a vice president at Fern Engineering in Pocasset, Mass., (1998-2004) and as a senior research engineer at Molten Metal Technology in Fall River, Mass. (1996-97).

Phillips previously served as a mechanical engineer for the Shell Chemical Company in Belpre, Ohio (1995-96.), a technologist for Shell International in the Netherlands (1991-95) and as a research engineer for Shell Development Company in Texas (1986-91).