McCallie Announces History And Science Department Appointments

Monday, February 04, 2013

In the fall of 2013, Dr. Duke Richey ‘86 will become McCallie’s second holder of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Chair of American History, and Randy Odle and David Mouron will begin their terms as department chairs for the history and science departments, respectively. 

These appointments come after news of the planned retirements in May of Dr. Michael Woodward and Cissy May. Dr. Woodward has served 25 years as McCallie’s first and sole holder of the Baker Chair, and the two were heads of their respective academic departments.

Dr. Duke Richey is a Sewanee graduate who has received graduate degrees from the University of Montana and the University of Colorado. Prior to returning to the Ridge, he served as a professor at the University of North Texas. 

The Baker Chair was created in 1987. Funded by alumni and friends, it celebrates Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. '43 and his numerous contributions to this country.The original prospectus envisioned that the chair-holder would possess an extensive knowledge of American history and government and would be a dynamic teacher who inspires the best from his students. It was also envisioned that he would serve as a resource for the faculty and would be an engaging speaker in the community. Other qualities mentioned included: enthusiasm, vigor, warmth, an outgoing personality, a sense of humor, resilience, good communication skills, and a zest for participation in the hectic life of a boys' school.

"We could not find an educator who would fit the job description any better than an individual who was already on our faculty and had already demonstrated his expertise,” said Headmaster R. Kirk Walker Jr. ‘69 upon announcing the appointment. “I am confident that Dr. Richey will build admirably on the strong tradition of excellence that Dr. Woodward has established.”

Replacing Dr. Woodward as history department chairman is Randy Odle, in his 18th year as a McCallie teacher. The Sewanee graduate currently teaches AP World History and AP European History. He also serves as dormitory head for Hutcheson Hall and coaches JV soccer. 

David Mouron ‘73 will step up as the next science department chairman, replacing Mrs. May. Like Mr. Odle, Mr. Mouron began his McCallie career in 1995 after teaching in public schools in Knoxville and Atlanta. Among the many awards and honors he has received, he was named the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction in 2003 and received the Keo-Kio Distinguished Teacher Award in 2008.


Tennessee Treasury Department To Host Series Of Webinars On Saving For College

In celebration of College Savings Month, the Tennessee Treasury Department wants to help make college planning easier. Beginning Sept. 10, the department will host a series of free web-based seminars - or webinars - on topics related to college savings. These webinars will include information about the TNStars 529 College Savings Plan, which allows people to save money for children’s ... (click for more)

Dalton State Magazine: A Glimpse Into Campus Life

Jacob Southern turned to two things to help him cope with struggles growing up: fishing and God. After becoming a student at Dalton State, he added conservation biology to that list.    Set to graduate in December, mr. Southern is making great strides in undergraduate research, all while finding himself as a young adult. His story is told in the latest edition of the ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)