JBU Appoints New Director of the Honors Scholars Program

Siloam Springs, Ark (February 28, 2002) — John Brown University has appointed Dr. Gary Guinn as the new director of the Honors Scholars Program at JBU, effective August 15, 2002. Guinn will replace current Honors Scholars Program Director Dr. Shirley Forbes Thomas upon her upcoming retirement.

Dr. Guinn is currently teaching in the JBU English department and has been closely involved with the Honors Scholars Program since its inception in 1987. He has taught several honors courses, including honors composition and honors integrated humanities.

"Dr. Guinn is highly respected in the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities honors organization, having presented and served at NCHC and on CCCU honors panels” said Dr. Shirley Forbes Thomas. “Perhaps most importantly of all, he is a visionary who, unlike many visionaries, has a strong analytical, practical streak that enables him to judge what is working and what is not.”

Guinn is already involved in many projects to ensure the continued excellence and national recognition of the Honors Scholars Program at JBU. He is currently serving on two NCHC committees and has recently agreed to serve as editor of the Small College column in The National Honors Report, the official journal of NCHC. Under Guinn’s leadership, he and two other professors of the honors composition class at JBU are preparing a paper on the class for submission for publication and presentation on the national level. Guinn is also currently the sponsor of the JBU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society, and serves on the society's scholarship committee.

Dr. Guinn brings a wealth of experience of teaching honors courses as well as presenting papers at National Collegiate Honors Council national and regional conferences,” said Jim Worthington, vice president for academic affairs. “He has demonstrated the ability to provide collaborative leadership and intends to involve other faculty members to generate creative energy and ideas that will continue JBU's outstanding honors program”

Dr. Guinn came to JBU in 1979 as Dean of Student Life. For the past several years, he has served as professor of English. He is a B.S.E. JBU graduate and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Shirley Thomas and the Academic Honors Committee founded the JBU Honors Scholars Program in 1987 for highly motivated students. It has grown to become one of the most respected programs of its kind in the country, and Dr. Thomas now helps establish similar programs in other institutions. 150 student members participate in the program at JBU. In order to receive a University Honors degree, students must complete at least 21 hours of honors courses.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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