AB faculty member is one of five finalists in the West Virginia Outstanding Professor competition

PHILIPPI, W.Va. - Dr. Kenneth H. Yount, professor of political science and history at Alderson Broaddus was honored as one of the five finalists in the West Virginia Outstanding Professor competition at an event held Tuesday night.  The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation and included a reception held at the state governor's mansion, followed by an awards dinner.

At the ceremony following the dinner, Dr. Yount was honored as the first runner up in the state competition. He received a plaque as well as a cash prize. Alderson Broaddus president Richard Creehan also attended the awards banquet and spoke on behalf of Dr. Yount.  Student government president Alyssa Jones, plus Alderson Broaddus faculty members, House of Delegates education committee chair Mary Poling and about 20 Yount family members were also in attendance.

“Alderson Broaddus is proud that one of our own has been recognized,” said President Creehan. “AB has a deep and talented faculty and many of them are worthy of being candidates for this award. We have had members as finalists for the West Virginia Outstanding Professor for consecutive years, and are proud of their accomplishments.”

In speaking of the award, Dr. John Weaver, professor at Georgia Southern University and a former student of Dr. Yount's said, “Dr. Yount means the world to me because of the worlds he introduced me to and the possibilities he opened to me.  His classes changed my life.  And most importantly, I know for a fact that I am not alone.  There are so many people he has touched, changed and transformed because he embodies the meaning of the liberal arts and what it means to be a professor.”

Dr. Joan Propst, provost/executive vice president for academic affairs, says Dr. Yount’s leadership is evident in higher education and in the local community.

“Dr. Yount is a passionate educator who has dedicated his life to higher education,” said Propst. “He is a consummate professional educator who shares his passion in and out of the classroom with his students. We are proud of this prestigious recognition for Dr. Yount.”

Dr. Kenneth H. Yount is originally from Ford City, Pennsylvania.  He is a 1969 graduate of Alderson Broaddus University, which he attended at a National Merit Scholar.  While a student at AB, he served as SGA senator and then president of the student body.  He was editor of the student newspaper, vice president of Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma fraternity, and valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.  He won the senior academic award, social science academic award, social science writing award, and college club award, and was a member of Silver Key Honor Society.

He holds the B.A. degree, summa cum laude, in political science, 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. He received his Ph. D. degree in political science, with honors, from West Virginia University.

After working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. (Office of Education), he was a newspaper editor for three years and then returned to work at AB.

Dr. Yount is completing his 39th year of service to Alderson Broaddus, where he has taught over 30 different courses in such areas as political science, history, geography, European studies, journalism, and philosophy.  He chaired the committee that established the college’s Honors Program, served as Director of the Honors Program, and has taught in that program many times.  

Dr. Yount has traveled extensively in six continents.  He has led many student trips to Europe, as well as to India and Thailand, and last fall he again resided in Salzburg, Austria, and led 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 and 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.

At commencement 2012, Dr. Yount received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award, presented by the Alderson Broaddus 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.  The award included a cash prize for Dr. Yount’s personal use, as well as an additional check for $1,000 to go into the Dr. Kenneth H. Yount Scholarship fund, and a large bronze plaque.

Dr. Yount has been honored for his teaching on previous occasions.  He is a four-time nominee by the Student Government Association at Alderson Broaddus 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 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.  They have three daughters and eleven grandchildren.