FLORENCE, S.C. – Four Francis Marion University professors with more than a century of combined service to the university are retiring at the end of the spring 2001 semester.
The retirees are: Ronald L. Hall, professor of philosophy and religious studies and coordinator of the philosophy and religious studies program; James R. Rinehart, professor of economics and the Philip N. Truluck Professor of Public Policy; Thomas M. Whiteley, assistant professor of physical education, coordinator of the physical education program, and track and cross country coach; and Ross A. Fleming, director of the Cauthen Educational Media Center and associate professor of education.
Hall came to FMU in 1973 and was named the university’s Distinguished Professor for 1987-88. He has published several papers, articles and books, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and has served as a chapter counselor for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and faculty adviser for the Philosophy Club. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Philosophical Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the S.C. Society for Philosophy.
The Moultrie, Ga., native has served on many campus committees as well as the Faculty Senate. Active in the community, Hall supervised the renovation of the Marion Opera House. He has also been awarded the Wildlife Action Preservation Award, the Richard Watkins Conservation Award, and the DAR Conservation Award.
Hall received the B.A. degree in philosophy from Stetson University, the M.Div. degree in philosophy of religion from Duke University, and the Ph.D. degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina.
Rinehart was hired at Francis Marion in 1972 after 11 years as a professor at Newberry College. He was named FMU’s Distinguished Professor for 1976-77 and is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is also a member of several economics professional associations and “Who’s Who” lists.
The Newberry native has published a book and many articles, served as the director of the Center for Economic Education, and was elected to the board of trustees of the S.C. Council on Economic Education in 1999.
Rinehart earned the B.S. degree in education from Newberry College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Virginia.
Whiteley came to FMU as a coach and temporary assistant professor of physical education in 1977. In 1981, he became dean of students and assistant professor of physical education, as well as assuming the duties of head track and field and cross country coach. He served as acting vice president for university activities and dean of students in 1994-95, interim director of academic advising and retention in 1997-98, and director of tutoring and athletic services from 1998 to 2000.
The Laurinburg, N.C., native has directed the day camp held each summer at FMU, served as an adviser to the Student Government Association, and served as co-chair for the FMU United Way campaign.
As men’s cross country coach, Whiteley was named NAIA District Six “Coach of the Year” eight times. As men’s track coach, he was the NAIA District Six “Coach of the Year” nine times. As women’s track coach, he was the Carolinas Intercollegiate Track and Field “Coach of the Year” in 1996.
Whiteley earned the A.B. degree in physical education from Guilford College, the M.Ed. degree in physical education from East Carolina University, and the Ed.D. degree in physical education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Fleming has served as director of the Cauthen Educational Media Center since coming to Francis Marion in 1976 from a similar position at Otterbein College in Ohio. He handles FMU’s media and distance-learning technology programs, as well as the programming of government access Channel 11.
The Wauseon, Ohio, native is a member of the S.C. Association for Educational Communications and Technology and has served as president, vice president and a board member of that organization. He has served on numerous campus committees and has been active in the community as a board member of the United Way and as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader.
He received the B.S. degree in history and political science from Albion College and the M.S. degree in radio and television from Syracuse University.
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