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Shepherd prof eyed for award

February 13, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Jerry B. Thomas, professor of history at Shepherd University, is a finalist for the 2007 Professor of the Year award.

Each year, the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university.

Interviews with the five candidates were held Jan. 17. The finalists will be honored March 4 at a reception at the governor's mansion in Charleston, W.Va. The reception will be followed by a dinner at the Cultural Center in Charleston, where the 2007 Professor of the Year will be announced.

Thomas, a Shepherd faculty member since 1972, earned a Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University.

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Two Shepherd professors have won the honor in past years: Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt won the award in 2006 and Linda Tate won the honor in 2004.

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