Emeritus status conferred upon four faculty

The board of trustees honored the service of four faculty members at its March 23 meeting by granting them emeritus status.

Named professors emeritus were Drs. John Bentley, performance studies, College of Musical Arts; Kenneth Crocker, marketing, College of Business Administration, and F. Scott Regan, theatre and film, College of Arts and Sciences. Associate professor emeritus designation was given to Dr. Arthur Jared Crandall, physics and astronomy, Arts and Sciences.

Bentley, a professor of music performance studies in oboe since 1972, is coordinator of the college’s woodwind faculty and a member of the resident faculty ensemble Venti da Camera. He also is Ohio chairman for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and also holds degrees from the University of Alabama and the Peabody/Vanderbilt Institute. He has performed with the Toledo, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., orchestras as well as the Yale Summer Festival Orchestra. He has also taught at universities in Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee and at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Crandall has been a BGSU faculty member for 39 years, teaching physics as well as advanced undergraduate courses in electronics, electromagnetism, acoustics and environmental physics. Known for innovative teaching and curriculum design, he developed three unique courses in electronics and microcomputer interfacing and built connections with computer science.

Crandall also lent his expertise to the design of instructional laboratory space in Overman Hall when it was renovated about 20 years ago. He has used his knowledge of electronics to help maintain and service the equipment in the department as well as in computer science, psychology, the human movement laboratory and WBGU-TV. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree, also in physics, from St. Lawrence University.

Crocker, who has been in the marketing department since 1982, became director of the hospitality management program in 1995. He has built the program to its current level of nearly 50 students. Since 1994 the program has had more than 130 graduates. Crocker also developed a graduate Services Marketing Management course to accommodate the needs of the master of accountancy students.

Crocker received a Ph.D. in marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in management from Appalachian State University.

Regan, who retires after a 25-year career at BGSU, is well known as a teacher, director and playwright. Recruited in 1982 to take over the Treehouse Troupe, an undergraduate class devoted to performing children’s theatre throughout the region, he has provided opportunities for hundreds of University students and, since the formation of Horizon Youth Theatre in 1998, dozens of area children to learn theatre skills. Under his direction, they have performed everything from Shakespeare to musicals to classic fairy tales and world folk tales.

He directed 52 plays at BGSU as well as several for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. He has also written adaptations of many plays and musicals, in addition to three original works. Last fall, Regan was presented the 2006 Lin Wright Special Recognition Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education for his work in youth theatre.

Regan earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

March 26, 2007