Agenda Item No.  V. A. 2. d.

Washburn University Board of Regents



Permission to designate Dr Ron Ash Professor Emeritus.     



Dr. Ash is retiring after 20 years of service to Washburn University.  He has served the Biology Department and Washburn with distinction since his initial employment in 1987.  Ron has served as Chair of the Department for three years and teaches both service and majors courses in Microbiology.  During his 20 years at Washburn, he has innovated two popular courses in addition to his standard teaching load that includes:  Introduction to Biology, General Cellular Biology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Introduction to Microbiology, General Microbiology, Virology, and Development of Medicine.  His research interests are:  Antibiotic resistant bacteria in natural waterways and Virulence characteristics of Enterococci.  Dr. Ash has mentored more than 28 students who have co-authored on some of his papers, posters and have attended professional meetings with him.     


His service to the University includes serving on both the College and the University committees.  He has had numerous publications since coming to Washburn.  He has earned the Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award, nominated in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has been the keynote speaker at several conferences.      He has provided the University with outstanding teaching, service, and scholarly activity throughout his career.  The impact that Ron has had on these future scientists is enormous in both scope and significance.  It is rare to find a colleague who so excels in all three areas of academic life:  teaching, research, and service.  Ron’s wit and rapport with students, faculty and staff will be sorely missed.    






President Farley recommends Dr. Ron Ash as Professor Emeritus.


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date                                                      Jerry B. Farley, President

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