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Faculty award winners announced

May 14, 2001

Three faculty members received Austin Peay's most coveted faculty awards during Friday's Commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Roger Clark, associate professor of accounting, received the Richard M. Hawkins Award; Dr. Allen Henderson, chair of the department of music, was given the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Faculty Award for Community Service. The Alumni Distinguished Professor Award went to Dr. John Butler, professor of biology.

The Richard Mr. Hawkins Award recognizes a faculty member who has made noteworthy contributions to scholarship or creative activity. The Chamber's Distinguished Faculty Award is based on service to the Clarksville community, while the Distinguished Professor Award is given for exemplary professionalism with an emphasis on teaching.

Clark earned a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D., as well as a law degree, from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. For the third year, he was the accounting department's nominee for the Hawkins Award, which attests to his ongoing leadership as a scholar combined with an extensive record of papers published or presented. His research covers topics across the disciplines of accounting, finance and economics.

Three of his papers have been published or presented in China, Finland and Greece. As a guest lecturer at the Center University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, he helped Chinese faculty and students better understand the American accounting and tax system. In addition to scholarly articles in journals, Clark has written several columns for newspapers.

Henderson holds a doctorate in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Cincinnati. He earned a master's degree in voice from UT-Knoxville and a bachelor of music degree from Carson-Newman College.

During his seven years in Clarksville, he has become a key community leader. He was elected president of the Montgomery County Historical Society after only his third year in Clarksville. During his term, the Society enjoyed growth and renewal, increased financial resources and moved into a permanent home in the L&N Train Station. Under his direction and through grants he secured, more than 100 properties in Clarksville have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Almost all the grants he receives have a community focus. Considered a blueprint for the future, his ARTSEARCH grant was adopted by the Mayor's Arts and Culture Commission, Downtown District Partnership and Aspire Clarksville.

In addition to performing in community events, he led the APSU music department to adopt Saint Bethlehem Elementary School and was instrumental in re-establishing the Community School for the Arts. He continues to serve on several boards of directors. He is a resource for local teachers on integration of arts and technology in the classroom. While his talents have benefited many churches, he is music director at First Presbyterian Church.

His letter of nomination states: "We believe (Allen Henderson) represents the best of Austin Peay in the area of community service."

Butler was appointed APSU vice president for academic affairs in 1985, coming to the University from Western New Mexico University. Since returning to the classroom in 1996, he has served as director of the prestigious President's Emerging Leaders Program.

He earned his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, his master's degree from the University of New Mexico and his bachelor's degree from Ottawa University.

Butler has an extensive record of leadership and participation in national, regional and state professional organizations. He has been successful in securing three National Science Foundation grants and his articles have been published in professional journals. He also published a laboratory manual for general biology courses.

Reflecting his avocation and interest in vintage cars, he authored "First Highways of America," a pictorial history of American roads and highways from 1900-25, published in June 1994 by Krause Publications.

Butler is highly involved in the local community through such organizations as the local United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. He was the American Cancer Society crusade chair for a 14-county region in 1987-88, president and a board member of the Family Service Association and vice chair of the Community Concert Association board.

Although Butler has resigned as director of the President's Emerging Leaders Program, he has agreed to chair a massive project--APSU's self-study in preparation for a review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for reaffirmation of the University's accreditation.