FLORENCE, S.C. – Kenneth M. Autrey, professor of English, was elected chairman of the general faculty at Francis Marion University on Feb. 24. He replaces psychology professor Charlene Wages, who has served as faculty chair since 2000.
“I look forward to serving FMU as chair of the faculty,” said Autrey. “Charlene Wages has done an outstanding job with faculty governance, and I’ll do my best to live up to her example.”
Elections for vice chairman and secretary of the Faculty Senate will be held in April. Those two persons will also serve in the same positions for the general faculty. The chairman, vice chairman, and secretary will begin their one-year terms July 1.
Until then, Pamela A. Rooks, professor of English, and D. Keith Best, associate professor of theatre arts, will remain as vice chairman and secretary, respectively.
Autrey has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1989. Prior to coming to FMU, he taught at the University of South Carolina and Tougaloo College. In 1996-97, he was a visiting professor at Hiroshima University in Japan while on leave from FMU.
He earned the A.B. degree in English from Davidson College, the M.A. degree in English from Auburn University, and the Ph.D. degree in English from the University of South Carolina.
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