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Professors Johnson and Klotter Achieve Emeritus Status

Professor Emeritus Status for Retiring Faculty


Submitted on May 14, 2018

Faculty members, Dr. Mark Johnson, Professor of Biology, and Dr. James Klotter, Professor of History and the State Historian of Kentucky, have been honored by the Georgetown College Board of Trustees with Professor Emeritus status. Both are retiring at the end of the current academic year on June 30. They were given special recognition during the school’s spring commencement ceremony held on Saturday (May 12).

Professor Johnson completes an illustrious 33-year teaching career at Georgetown College. He has taught microbiology every semester since joining the faculty in 1985. Since 1992, he has also been the liaison and program coordinator for GC’s dual-degree Nursing Arts program with the University Of Kentucky College Of Nursing. Over 60 students have completed the dual-degree nursing program.

Beloved for his warmth, humor, and investment in the success of his students, Johnson received Georgetown College’s 2017 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.  Based upon nominations by colleagues and students alike, the annual award highlights the critical role academic and career advising plays in the success of undergraduates.

Dr. Klotter is completing a 20-year career with the College. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, Dr. Klotter had been part of the staff of the Kentucky Historical Society. He was named the society’s executive director and Kentucky’s State Historian in 1990. He has served as president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and was the secretary, then president of the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable. He has been a member of a number of other professional organizations, including the Kentucky Historical Foundation Board, Filson Historical Society, Muhammad Ali Museum Advisory Board, and the Southern Historical Association.

Dr. Klotter is the author of several books, including A New History of Kentucky and Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State. He has written for or served as editor of numerous publications and is frequently called upon by journalists and reporters across Kentucky and beyond to provide insight and perspective on matters relating to history.

The entire campus community offers a most sincere Thank You to these two gentlemen for their years of service and dedication in higher education.


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