Baylor To Honor Recipients Of Cherry Award For Great Teachers

Sept. 24, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

A noted expert in entrepreneurship and a scholar of Greek and Roman history will be honored Monday, Sept. 24, at Baylor University with the 2001 Robert Foster Cherry Awards for Great Teachers.

The banquet honors Dr. Charles Hofer, Regents Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Kenneth Wayne Harl, professor of history at Tulane University, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center

Hofer and Harl were selected on the basis of their extraordinary teaching abilities, record of positive, inspiring and long-lasting effects on students, and national and international achievements. Each recipient will be awarded $12,500 and will give a weeklong series of lectures at Baylor. Harl will present his lectures this week. Hofer will present his lecture series in spring 2002.

The Cherry Awards were created to recognize great teachers at any level of the educational process and to expose Baylor students to the world's greatest teachers. Cherry, a Baylor alumnus and law school graduate, described such a teacher as "a lover of the acquisition of learning who can inspire his students, arouse their imagination, and stimulate their curiosity to desire to learn everything that man can know, and achieve everything that man can reach and grasp."

Hofer began his tenure at Georgia in 1981 and also has held teaching positions at Northwestern University, Columbia University and Stanford University. He received his master's degree and doctorate of business administration from Harvard University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of several books and books chapters, including Creating Value Through Entrepreneurial Leadership and Skill-Based Strategy (with William C. Shulz), Future Firms: How America's High Tech Companies Work (with Eric Bolland), and Strategic Management: A Casebook in Policy and Planning (with Edwin A. Murry, Jr., Ram Charan and Robert Pitts.)

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Harl received his bachelor's degree from Trinity College and his master's and doctorate from Yale University. He began teaching at Tulane in 1978 and has received the Student Award for Excellence in Teaching at the university a total of eight times. In 1997, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Office of the Provost at Tulane. Harl is the author of Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East, 180-275 A.D. and Coinage in Roman Economy, 300-700 A.D., as well as numerous articles for such publications as Ancient World, Classical Antiquity and Past and Present. He also has appeared in the BBC documentaries "In Footsteps of Alexander the Great" and "End of the Roman World."

Robert Foster Cherry was born in 1906, in McGregor, Texas. He graduated from Baylor in 1929 with a degree in English and education and entered Baylor Law School in 1932, passing the state bar examination the following year. Before his death, he established the Cherry Award for Great Teachers and the Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching, which are awarded in alternating years, to honor great teachers.

For more information, contact Linda McGregor, coordinator of the Cherry Awards, at 710-2923.

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