UTC Scholarship Honors Memory Of Dr. Bob Swansbrough

Friday, September 13, 2013
Shown, from left to right, are Annie Swansbrough, James Swansbrough holding Wynton Swansbrough, Mary Swansbrough,  Dacey Cockrill, Christy Swansbrough, Dr. Michelle Deardorff
Shown, from left to right, are Annie Swansbrough, James Swansbrough holding Wynton Swansbrough, Mary Swansbrough, Dacey Cockrill, Christy Swansbrough, Dr. Michelle Deardorff

The new head of the UTC Department of Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management never had the opportunity to meet the late Dr. Bob Swansbrough, but she perfectly described the longtime UTC professor of political science and administrator at a recent gathering of friends and colleagues.

“We are here to celebrate the endowment of a scholarship to honor the memory of Dr. Bob Swansbrough…it is rare to endow a scholarship so quickly and to award it,” said Dr. Michelle Deardorff. “Not only was Bob an academic and an intellectual, he was a leader in the community.  And that’s exactly what we want for our students, to learn to lead and to be involved in our community.”

Dr. Swansbrough held the position of associate dean of The College of Arts and Sciences from1992 until he died in February 2011. He served as head of the Department of Political Science at UTC from 1981-1991. He joined the UTC faculty in 1971.

He was selected as a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar to China. Swansbrough’s book Test by Fire: The War Presidency of George W. Bush was published in 2008.

He was appointed to head a UTC faculty committee to determine the feasibility and academic requirements of re-establishing ROTC, which led to the creation of the Department of Military Science on campus. Dr. Swansbrough himself served in the military as a Division Officer, US Navy from 1961 to 1965.

He was often asked to offer his views as a political analyst for Tennessee television stations and print publications.

In 1974, Dr. Swansbrough served as 3rd District campaign coordinator for Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd and then as her administrative assistant from 1975-77.  He was a delegate to the 1972 Hamilton County and 3rd District Democratic conventions.

Dr. Herbert Burhenn, former Dean of Arts and Sciences at UTC, talked about his good friend of 40 years.

“He was a wonderful colleague who could make sense of the political world, which I found challenging,” Dr. Burhenn said.  “I am delighted Bob’s friends and colleagues wish to cherish his memory with this scholarship.”

The Political Science Scholarship Committee chaired by Dr. David Carrithers, Adolph Ochs Professor of Government, developed the criteria for the Dr. Robert H. Swansbrough Endowed Scholarship Fund in Political Science.  The scholarship is open to current junior or senior students who demonstrate successful academic performance.  The first recipient is Dacey Cockrill. 

“Ms. Cockrill was selected by a department committee from a long list of highly deserving students. She is a straight A legal studies student from Maryville, Tennessee, with an excellent record of leadership positions and extracurricular activities on the UTC campus.  She is a very deserving person to be named first recipient of this scholarship that honors Dr. Swansbrough, who made outstanding contributions to the Department of Political Science and to the university as a whole during many years of distinguished service,” Dr. Carrithers said.

At UTC Ms. Cockrill has participated in Freshmen Senate and she has served on Student Government committees.  She has attended LeadUTC, LeaderShape, the Undergraduate Interfraternal Institute, Fraternity and Sorority Life Academy, and Fraternity and Sorority Life Executive Institute. Ms. Cockrill is an active member of Chi Omega and serves as the Vice President of Records for the Panhellenic council. 

“I am so grateful that the Political Science department chose me for this scholarship.  After meeting Dr. Swansbrough's family, I am honored to be endowed with a scholarship commemorating such a wonderful person,” Ms. Cockrill said.

To contribute to the scholarship, please call the UTC Office of Development at 423 425-4232 for details.


Normal Park 6th Grade Students Learn About 3D Printing

Normal Park 6th grade students were captivated by Alex Cruikshank as he facilitated a brief demonstration and Q&A session on additive manufacturing through 3D printing on Wednesday. A programmer by trade, Cruikshank has quickly developed a passion and strong knowledge base about 3D printing. In the demonstration, he showed Normal Park students a variety of examples of 3D printed ... (click for more)

Local Colleges Receive National Accolades

Two Chattanooga-area colleges are receiving national recognition for excellence. Covenant College and Bryan College were ranked by U.S. News & World Reports among the top 25 Southern colleges.   In addition, Bryan College ranked as the #7 best value among all Southern colleges. U.S. News calculated value based on cost of attendance for students and quality of the education ... (click for more)

Teen, 17, Charged With Aggravated Rape In Attack On 69-Year-Old North Chattanooga Runner

A 17-year-old has been charged with aggravated rape in connection with an attack on a 69-year-old runner in North Chattanooga on Monday morning. The teen was identified by Juvenile Court officials as Diontae Smartt. Authorities said he has given a confession. Smartt has a detention hearing Thursday at 12:30. The incident happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. ... (click for more)

Berke Implements New Pay Plan For Chattanooga Fire Department

Mayor Andy Berke joined the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and leadership of the Chattanooga Fire Department to unveil the department’s new pay plan Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference at Fire Hall #1 on Main Street, Mayor Berke and IAFF Local 820 President Jack Thompson signed a memorandum of understanding which sets forth regular raises for fire ... (click for more)

Keep John Roberts, Commissioner Of Red Bank - And Response

It has been a week since the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association held their candidate forum at Red Bank Middle School. I was privileged to have been asked to moderate the affair. What follows is my interpretation of the current issues facing the citizens of Red Bank and, at the end, a summation of whom I feel should be elected and whom I will be voting for personally. First, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)