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Dr. Bruce Ezell is Appointed Professor Emeritus

Dr. Wm. Bruce Ezell

Long-time member of the Biology faculty, Dr. William Bruce Ezell, Jr., has been appointed Professor Emeritus. The formal announcement was made on 22 April 2016 during the Faculty Appreciation Dinner in the University Annex. Dr. Ezell served on the faculty as Professor of Biology from 2001-2015. Sadly, he was compelled to resign partway into the fall 2015 semester as a result of his wife Nancy’s failing health. Dr. Ezell first joined the University in 1999 after being appointed Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Yet, his career in academics began more than 40 years ago and included faculty and administrative positions on numerous campuses, including a nine-year appointment as Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

From indoor and outdoor classrooms, Dr. Ezell taught a variety of courses while at UNCP -- graduate (e.g., Medical Entomology), team taught (e.g., Religion and Science), upper level (e.g., Entomology), and introductory (e.g., Principles of Biology). He brought to teaching the knowledge of a skilled scientist and the insights of someone familiar with history, literature, and culture. He took great delight in introducing students to the wonders of the natural world, and every autumn he took his entomology students on a weekend trip to Highlands Biological Station in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Dr. Wm. Bruce Ezell

Dr. Ezell was co-advisor for the local chapter (Psi Lambda) of Beta Beta Beta (a national honor society for students of the biological sciences) for six years, and in 2003, he received an award bestowed by students in recognition of his role in acquiring and advising the chapter. One of his favorite professional appointments was to the Board of Scientific Advisors for Highlands Biological Station. He served in this capacity for several years before being appointed as Trustee to the Board in 2008.

For 15 years, Dr. Ezell maintained a weekly television program, Academe Today, in which he interviewed dozens of members of the University community. This enhanced the University’s public relations, reaching 200,000 homes across six counties in North Carolina. In 2014, Dr. Ezell was recognized by the campus chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and honor society Alpha Epsilon Rho for supporting broadcast education on campus.

The Department of Biology congratulates our friend and colleague, Dr. Wm. Bruce Ezell, Jr., on his appointment as Professor Emeritus. It is an honor well deserved, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Dr. Wm. Bruce Ezell and students in the southern Appalachians

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