AB faculty member awarded at commencement

PHILIPPI, W.Va. - -Dr. Kenneth H. Yount, professor of political science and history at Alderson Broaddus University, was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award at the college’s recently concluded spring 2012 commencement.

The award was presented by Anthony Thorpe, outgoing president of the Alderson Broaddus University Student Government Association, on behalf of the college’s students.  The Outstanding Faculty member award was designed to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and student service.

Alyssa Jones, incoming president of the Alderson Broaddus Student Government Association, says “Along with being an excellent professor, Dr. Yount offers so much more to his students.  He had made such a difference in my life and many others.  There aren’t many people in the world that would qualify to be a renaissance man, but Dr. Yount certainly does.  I’ve had him for many classes, and not once was a question unanswered.  From questions of different molecules that make up something, to statistics when doing policy analysis on public policy, Dr, Yount know how to do many things.”

The student government president adds, “Dr. Yount’s excellence shows in the classroom as well as outside the classroom.  His brilliance is recognized all around campus for many things.  He is involved, personable, intelligent, accommodating and fair.  He makes a difference in the lives of students.”

Dr. Yount has been honored for his teaching on previous occasions.  He is a three-time nominee by the Student Government Association at Alderson Broaddus University for the West Virginia Outstanding Professor Award, and was twice named a statewide finalist, placing in the top five faculty in West Virginia.  In 1990 he was honored by the West Virginia legislature with a citation for his “distinguished service to higher education in the state.”  He was also honored for excellence in teaching by the American Political Science Association at its nationwide meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Yount is in his 39th year of service to Alderson Broaddus University, where he has taught over 30 different courses in such areas as political science, history, geography, European studies, journalism, and philosophy.  He is past Director of the college’s Honors Program and has taught in that program many times.  He has led many student trips to Europe, as well as to India and Thailand, and next fall he will again reside in Salzburg, Austria, and lead the college’s Semester in Europe program there.

Besides his classroom work, he has also served the college as Director of Public Information, Director of Admissions, Director of Early Admissions, Special Assistant in Development, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  While serving as Provost, he was elected by his fellow chief academic officers as chair of the Appalachian College Association deans.

He holds the B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Alderson Broaddus University.  He completed his masters study in political science at the University of Pittsburgh and holds the M.R.E degree, with honors, from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  His received his Ph. D. degree in political science, with honors, from West Virginia University.

Dr. Yount has published many books and articles.  One book, entitled “Grass Roots Perceptions and Use of Federal Revenue Sharing” was published by the Bureau for Government Research.  Another book, entitled “The Cutoff of Federal Revenue Sharing” was written by Dr. Yount after interviewing 38 government officials, including former United States President Gerald R. Ford, and was published by Marquette Monographs.

He authored a chapter in a widely used college textbook published by Ginn Press.  He also authored an article on the ratification of the U.S. constitution and another on the Civil War for the publication “West Virginia History.”

He has been honored by inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Outstanding Young Men of America, Men of Achievement, Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, the Dictionary of International Biography, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty and Who’s Who in North America.

In 2000 he was honored with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and his former students at that time established a named scholarship in his honor.

He resides in Wellington Heights near Philippi with his wife Carol, also an honors alum from Alderson Broaddus University. They have three daughters and eleven grandchildren.