Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis bestowed the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award on Dr. Tom Carpenter at the Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 3.
Carpenter is Director of the Ohio University Ping Institute for the Teaching of Humanities. He is also the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities at the University in the College of Arts & Sciences.
The prestigious Distinguished Professor award was established in 1959 and recognizes scholarly accomplishment, professional reputation and contribution to the University.
With the honor, Carpenter will receive a lifetime designation, one semester of academic leave and the privilege of naming one undergraduate student annually to receive a distinguished professor scholarship.
McDavis praised Carpenter for making significant contributions to his field, Ohio University and the next generation of philosophers and scholars. A graduate of Harvard University, Oxford University and Johns Hopkins University, Carpenter is a renowned expert on Greek archeology, religion and iconography and has written eight books and had more than 20 academic articles published.