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Retiring HU faculty granted emeritus status

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Three retiring Huntington University faculty members have been granted emeritus status by the Board of Trustees for their service to the university.

Dr. Chaney Bergdall has served the university for 35 years as a professor of Bible and religion. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntington College, a Master of Arts degree in Palestinology from the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Israel, and a Ph.D. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also served as a teaching assistant. He is an ordained minister in the church of the United Brethren in Christ and has pastored churches in Illinois and California.

Dr. Bill Bordeaux has served the university for 25 years as a professor of chemistry. He received a Doctorate of Arts in chemistry from the University of Miami in Florida, and he was employed during the summers and part-time as a chemist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) laboratories in Miami.

Jim O’Donnell came to the university in 1994 and most recently served as the Luke J. Peters Professor of Business, the first named faculty chair at the university. He is a certified public accountant and spent many years as an executive in the financial services industry with such firms as Fidelity Investments and the Dreyfus Corporation in Boston and New York, respectively. O’Donnell is also a noted published author of “Letters for Lizzie,” a book about his experiences of caring for his wife while she struggled with cancer; “Walking with Arthur,” a story about his journey of faith; and two investment books for individuals trying to make decisions about saving for retirement: “The Shortest Investment Book Ever” and “The Shortest Book Ever on Saving for Retirement.” O’Donnell will still carry on in his role as the Executive-in-Residence at the university.

Four other faculty members were also granted continuous tenure. Bryan Ballinger and Steve Leeper teach in the digital media arts department. Dr. Susie Burson teaches education and Dr. Carla MacDonald teaches social work.