Chestertown, MD, May 21, 2003 — Washington College has announced the retirement of four distinguished faculty members this spring: Robert Anderson, professor of philosophy; Colin Dickson, professor of French; Daniel Premo, the Louis L. Goldstein Professor in Public Affairs; and the College's Librarian William Tubbs. Fellow faculty, staff and family joined President John S. Toll at the Hynson-Ringgold House in Chestertown on Wednesday, May 14 to celebrate and to honor their years of service to the College and its students.
Dr. Anderson joined the faculty as assistant professor of philosophy in 1976, was promoted to associate professor in 1984, and was made full professor in 1988. In 1980, he was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In addition to serving as chair of the Philosophy Department for several years, Dr. Anderson also was chair of the Humanities Division and of the Honors Program Committee. He has written on the Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, and has recently completed a book-length manuscript on Plato's Theaetetus. Dr. Anderson received his A.B. degree from Temple University in 1961 and both his M.S., in 1965, and his Ph.D., in 1976, from Yale University. With his powerful intellect and gift for teaching, Anderson has had a profound influence on the lives of his students. In his own quietly inspirational way, he has attracted majors to a field of study that epitomizes the liberal arts.
Dr. Dickson came to Washington College as assistant professor of French in 1971 and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and to full professor in 1991. He has served as the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and has brought his voice of reason to his extensive committee work. He has chaired the Board of Student Publications, Lecture Series, Service & Scholarship Committee, and the Student Aid Committee, and was faculty adviser for several student exchanges. He holds his B.A. from Amherst College, and masters degrees in both physics and Romance languages, as well as his Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dickson has made his mark as a scholar of Michel de Montaigne, as a gifted jazz musician, and as an inspirational teacher of French language, literature and film.
A former U.S. diplomat in Latin America, Dr. Premo joined the faculty as assistant professor of history and political science in 1970 and was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and to full professor in 1982. He won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1987. Among his many appointments as a respected campus leader, Dr. Premo has served as chair of political science and international studies, chair of the Faculty Finance Committee, and as curator of the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs. He received his B.A. in Spanish and Social Science from Western Michigan University, and his M.A . and Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. At Washington College, he has been instrumental in developing international programs and model diplomacy programs that engage our students in the world, and, with his gift for teaching, has profoundly touched the lives of his students.
Professor Tubbs was named Librarian in 1983. Tenured in 1987, he was promoted to full professor in 1993. He has been responsible for initiating and implementing the information technologies that have ensured Washington College's position at the forefront of the digital information age. The 2000 external review of the Library praised his leadership of Miller Library in these words: “The physical collection is not large, especially in comparison with those of the wealthier of the College's self-selected peer institutions, but the range and depth of full text and other electronic resources accessible by the Washington College community is certainly comparable with all but the wealthiest of them.” Professor Tubbs received his B.A. in Mathematics from Davis and Elkins College in 1960, his M.Div. in History and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1963, and his M.S. in Bibliography Reference from the School of Library Service at Columbia University in 1966.
“We are proud to honor the years and the commitment to the highest standards in education that these four have given to Washington College,” said Dr. John S. Toll, President of the College. “Each in his own way has imparted the priceless gift of wisdom and the value of on-going, life-long learning to generations of Washington College students.”