Roanoke College selects Dr. Todd Peppers to hold Fowler Chair in Public Affairs

SALEM, Va. - Roanoke College is pleased to announce that Dr. Todd Peppers has been selected to hold the Henry H. and Trudye H. Fowler Chair in Public Affairs. This endowed chair honors and supports a faculty member in the public affairs department who has consistently demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship and who is thoroughly committed to advancing the life of the College. The chair holder also must be committed to engaging the greater Roanoke community in education and discourse about public affairs.   

Dr. William C. Hill, Jr., professor emeritus, was the first to hold the Fowler Chair. In 2009, he retired from teaching after 30 years at Roanoke, but he continues to direct the Henry H. Fowler Public Policy Program, including the Fowler Lecture Series.

Peppers earned his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University. Prior to coming to Roanoke, Peppers was a senior associate in the Atlanta, Georgia, law firm of Hawkins & Parnell, LLP. He has authored two books, Courtiers of the Marble Palace: The Rise and Influence of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Anatomy of An Execution: The Life and Execution of Douglas Christopher Thomas.

"I am truly honored to be selected as the next Fowler Chair," Peppers says. "I only hope that I can live up to the standard of excellence established by the original holder of the chair, Dr. C. William Hill, Jr. His steadfast commitment to the intellectual life of the College and our community through such programs as the Fowler Lecture Series will be the model that I will endeavor to follow."

The Fowler Chair was established to honor one of Roanoke College's most distinguished alumni, Henry H. Fowler '29, a native of the Roanoke Valley. He had a long and distinguished career in both the private and public sector and is best known in national and international circles as Secretary of the Treasury during President Lyndon Johnson's administration. Mr. Fowler is described as a remarkable man by all who knew him and one who was willing to serve his country with distinction when called upon. The Fowler Chair seeks to recognize a faculty member who will strive to instill and reinforce Mr. Fowler's commitment to public service in succeeding generations of Roanoke College students.  

Roanoke College, an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a classic, undergraduate setting. Roanoke prepares students for their futures through its commitment to providing a true classic college experience. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast."

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: April 6, 2010
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