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New department chairs announced at Olivet College
Feb 02, 2007

OLIVET, Mich. Olivet College has appointed two faculty members to chair their respective departments, according to an announcement by Norma Curtis, Olivets vice president and dean of academic affairs.

John Homer, Ph.D., professor of economics, was named chair of the Business Administration Department. He earned a bachelors degree in economics and sociology from Western Michigan University and a masters and Ph.D., both in economics, from the University of Hawaii. For more than 27 years, Homer has taught economics, humanities, insurance and management at Olivet. He is also the director of the Civilization Studies program at the college. Throughout the years, Homer has served on many faculty committees and was the president of the faculty for eight years. He has also been the recipient of several honors including: the Donald A. Morris Award; the John J. Shipherd Award; the 1844 Award; and the Reithmiller Award for Teaching and Advising.

Thomas Sampson, Ph.D., has been promoted to assistant professor of education and will serve as chair of the Education Department and director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Sampson earned a bachelors and masters degree from Eastern Michigan University in education and special education, respectively, and a Ph.D. in education from Michigan State University. Throughout his career, Sampson has worked in different positions in various school districts, including assistant principal at Lansing Everett High School, as well as assistant principal and principal of the Marvin Beekman Center in Lansing. For the past four years, he has been teaching in Olivets Education Department as an adjunct instructor.



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