According to the Methodist University By-Laws, “Any employee of the University who has been employed for a minimum of ten years and who has been officially retired from the University under the provisions of its retirement regulations may be granted the emeritus classification by the Board of Trustees. This election shall be for life or until revoked by the Board of Trustees.”

The living, retired faculty members have been granted emeritus status by the University.

Faculty Emeriti

Linda Sue Barnes

Dr. Linda Sue Barnes (1979-2007)

Professor of Biology
B.S., Mississippi College; M.S., University of Mississippi; Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Darl Champion Sr.

Dr. Darl H. Champion, Sr. (1993-2018)

Professor of Justice Studies
Director, Master of Justice Administration Program
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, M.C.J., University of South Carolina; Ed.D., North Carolina State University

Suzan Cheek

Dr. Suzan K. Cheek (1987-2003)

Professor of Political Science and Leadership Studies
Director, Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development; B.A., Wake Forest University; M.P.A., American University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert S. Christian

Dr. Robert S. Christian (1968-2008)

Professor of English
B.A., Western Maryland College; M.A., University of Connecticut; M.Div., Drew University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Margaret Folsom

Dr. Margaret Folsom (1973-2023)

Professor of Biology
B.S., M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Patricia Jones

Ms. Patricia H. Jones (1982-2012)

Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Meredith College; M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Helen Matthews

Mrs. Helen B. Matthews (1977-1998)

Associate Professor of Education
B.S., M.A., East Carolina University; further study, Duke University, Campbell University

Peter C. Murray

Dr. Peter C. Murray (1988-2020)

Professor of History
B.A., Wofford College; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

Betty-Neill Parsons

Mrs. Betty Neill G. Parsons (1996-2007)

Associate Professor of Music
B.A., Methodist College; M.M., East Carolina University

Dr. Robert C. Perkins (1973-2003)

Professor of History
B.A., University of Richmond; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Mrs. Joyce Elaine Porter (1963-2003)

Distinguished Service Professor of French
B.A., Mount Union College; M.A., Duke University; further study, University of Illinois

Robert Ritzema

Dr. Robert Ritzema (2002-2012)

Professor of Psychology
B.A., Calvin College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University

John Sill

Dr. John S. Sill (1978-2007, 2009)

Professor of Sociology
B.S., M.A., Central Missouri State University; M.Div., Phillips University; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Mr. Walter M. Swing (1980-1997)

Associate Professor of Accounting
B.A., East Carolina University; M.S.B.A., Boston University

Director Emeritus

Jerry Hogge

Mr. T. Jerry Hogge (1987-2019)

Director, PGA Golf Management Program
Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.A., Elon College; M.S., University of Tennessee

President Emeritus

M. Elton Hendricks

Dr. M. Elton Hendricks (1983-2010)

Professor of Physics
B.A., Wofford College; M.Div., Duke University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina