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August 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

Classics Scholar Appointed Ping Professor of Humanities

Spring 1997

Dr. Thomas Carpenter, a professor of classics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, was named the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities in early January. He begins teaching on the Athens campus in September.

Carpenter’s research interests focus on Greek religion and the way ancient imagery contributes to an understanding of it. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles.

Ohio University Classics Department Chair Jim Andrews said Carpenter is an accomplished humanities teacher, distinguished for his use of collaborative teaching and cross-disciplinary approaches.

Carpenter’s position is the third and final endowed professorship in the Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities. Other institute professors were selected from within the university and include History Professor Alan Booth, the J. Richard Hamilton/Baker and Hostetler Professor, and Professor of French Lois Vines, the James S. Reid/Standard Products Company Professor.

President Emeritus Ping, who retired in 1994 after 19 years as president, is director of the institute that bears his name.

Other major appointments on campus include:

Thomas Shostak, former associate vice president for academic affairs since 1987 at the University of Central Florida, is the new dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning. He replaces Joseph Tucker, who retired from the position of associate vice president of lifelong learning. Shostak previously held teaching and administrative positions at several community colleges.

Darrell Winefordner, associate director for budget planning at Ohio State University for six years, joined the Ohio University staff as associate provost for budget and planning on Jan. 6. He previously was controller of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services for two years, and was a deputy director and budget analyst during nine years with the state Office of Budget and Management.

Karen Schwartz Reynolds, BSED ’68, MA ’69, retired vice president of the consumer services division for Ameritech in Chicago, has been named director of development for corporate and foundation relations in the Ohio University Development Office. She joined the university staff in January. Reynolds also was vice president of corporate communications at Ohio Bell and pr esident of the Ohio Bell Foundation. She is a member of the College of Communication’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

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