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Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the Distinguished Former Faculty Award to three individuals as part of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Dill    Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn and Dr. John “Rick” Wright will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Dill (’83, ’87) retired from Southeastern in 2004 as Assistant Professor of Business Information Management.  She spent 19 of her 28 years at Southeastern as an instructor/assistant professor.
Dill earned her Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction – Higher Education in 2003 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.
From 1985-94, she served Southeastern as Instructor, Departments of Management and Marketing, Office Administration and Business Education. Dill was granted tenure in 2001 and was Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing from 2001 to 2004. She received numerous teaching awards and served on several committees while at the University.


Washburn]Washburn began his 17-year tenure at Southeastern in the fall of 1978.  A native of North Carolina, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New Mexico Highlands University and completed his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 1971.
After a tour of duty with the United States Army that included an electronics program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and service with a missile battalion in Germany, he spent 15 years at New Mexico Highlands.
His Southeastern career included stints as an Electronics Coordinator, Chair of the Electronics Department, and Chair of the Industrial Technology Department.  He retired in 1995 as Professor of Electronics.



WrightWright earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Arkansas State University and received his master’s degree in biochemistry and doctorate in inorganic and radiation chemistry at the University of Mississippi.
After a stint with the U.S. Air Force, Wright completed his doctorate. He then was employed as a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis.
Wright joined the Southeastern faculty in 1973 as assistant professor of chemistry.  He quickly secured research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  He, with colleagues, published numerous papers and articles describing their primary research conducted in the Southeastern laboratories.
He says “first of all, I wanted to be a good teacher.’’ But he was also active in the field of cancer treatment research during his career.

Wright co-authored three scientific research books.