FLORENCE, S.C. – A. Glen Gourley, a theatre arts and speech professor at Francis Marion University, has been appointed to an endowed chair at the university.
Gourley is appointed to the Peter D. Hyman Chair in Art. This chair is named for a respected Florence attorney, who served in the state House of Representatives in the late 1960s, where he was instrumental in the founding of Francis Marion University.
Gourley, a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1985. He is a professor of theatre arts and speech, and received the Award of Excellence in Service in 2004.
He has directed more than 25 theatre productions at FMU and has been a judge, consultant or adjudicator for numerous pageants and theatre performances throughout the state. From 1985 to 1999, he held a number of positions with the Cherokee, N.C., outdoor drama “Unto These Hills.” He also has been involved in Ocunluftee Little Symphony productions, Glassboro Summer Theatre, Florence Little Theatre, Encore Theatre Co., Lake City Community Theatre, Manning Back Porch Players, Hartsville Community Theatre and dozens of public school projects. He earned an associate’s degree from Hiwassee College, a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of Montevallo and a master’s in fine arts from the University of Mississippi.
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