2014-15 Retiring professors

Eight of the nine professors retiring from Murray State spoke with The News about their plans after retirement and their favorite memory from teaching at the University.

Batts
Batts

FAVORITE MEMORY

When I’ve had former students return and talk about the classes they’ve had and the successes they’ve had. I always enjoy that.”

Andrew Batts, associate professor of Computer Science

Robertson
Robertson

FAVORITE MEMORY

“When a student is really successful and they share that with you. Seeing our students be successful and seeing them grow.”

Jo Robertson, professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Beck
Beck

WHAT’S NEXT?

“I am going to take up piano, become fluent in Spanish and become involved in a local government project.”

Ann Beck, associate professor of Political Science

Lyle
Lyle

WHAT’S NEXT?

“My wife and I plan to play a lot more golf and travel extensively.  One of our goals is to visit every National Park.  I have an old motorcycle that I would like to restore and a banjo that I want to learn to play.”

William Lyle, assistant professor of Computer Science

Payne

Payne

FAVORITE MEMORY

“My favorite memory is when Murray State first began receiving national recognition for academic quality and for the value associated with the Murray State degree.”William Payne, professor of Agribusiness Economics

Beahan

Beahan

FAVORITE MEMORY

“The many opportunities to teach abroad and introduce Murray students to China, Japan and Germany.  I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to live and work in a foreign country and be paid for it!”

Charlotte Beahan, professor of History

Rice

Rice

WHAT’S NEXT?

“I plan on doing some fishing and spending more time with my grandkids.”

George Rice, visiting assistant professor of Computer Science and Informations Systems

Thomas

Thomas

WHAT’S NEXT?

“Continue community obligations and activities, travel, learn to do something new.”

Linda Thomas, associate professor in the School of Nursing