Five Bethany College Faculty Appointed to Endowed Positions

BETHANY, W.Va. – Five members of the Bethany College faculty were installed into endowed positions during a formal ceremony Tuesday, Sept.10 in the Academic Parlour of Old Main, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.

“Bethany College is proud to have an outstanding faculty,” said Dr. Miller. “This ceremony honors and recognizes significant, distinctive contributors to their fields.  We are proud of their many accomplishments and appreciative of the philanthropic support of foundations, alumni and special friends who have made these special distinctions possible.”  The College has 13 endowed positions, he noted.


Dr. Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Science and Mathematics, has been named the Goulding-Woolery Professor of Chemistry. Reilly, who was the 2012 recipient of the President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, has served on several important College committees and has been an advisor for multiple student organizations.

Dr. Anju Ramjee, Professor of Finance, has been named The John F. and Evelyn Casey Steen Professor of Finance. In 2013, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Performance for Faculty, was a nominee for the West Virginia Merit Foundation Faculty of the Year, and a nominee for CASE Professor of the Year nationally.

Dr. Joseph Walsh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been named The Matthew Quay Ammon Professor of Mathematics. Walsh, who joined Bethany in 2012, is a frequent participant and contributor at national and regional mathematics conferences, and has received prestigious awards and recognitions in mathematics and physics.

Dr. David R. Black is The Sarah B. Cochran Visiting Executive in Residence, and is also serving as interim provost. Black retired at the end of the 2012-13 academic year as President of Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He previously served as President of Lakeland College in Wisconsin.

Travis Straub is The R. Richard Renner Visiting Scholar in English. Straub is a published author, and he served as fiction reader for the University of Pittsburgh’s literary magazine Hot Metal Bridge. He also served as co-host of the Graduate Reading Series there.

“Faculty are the heart of our educational enterprise,” Miller added. “Numerous national accolades have been bestowed on Bethany College as a result of our widely recognized commitment to the teaching-learning process.”

Bethany has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the number of graduates attending graduate school within one year of commencement.  Bethany also has been praised by the National Survey on Student Engagement for a high degree of student-faculty engagement, which continues long after students graduate.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.