McCallie Announces History And Science Department Appointments

Monday, February 4, 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.

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