|Dr. Jeff Webb|
|Dr. Mark Fairchild|
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University has established its second
faculty chair in the institution’s history. The chair is named in honor
of Edwina Patton, a longtime supporter of the institution and former
professor. Patton was an English professor at the college from 1962 to
The Edwina Patton Chair in the Arts and Sciences has been bestowed upon Dr. Jeffrey Webb, professor of history.
Webb has taught at HU since 1999. He holds a master’s degree in history
from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. in history from the
University of Chicago.
Also, with the retirement of Prof. Jim O’Donnell, Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of Bible and religion,
has been named the Luke J. Peters Chair in the Arts and Sciences. The
chair was named in 2010 in honor of alumnus Luke J. Peters, a longtime
donor to the university. This was the first named faculty chair at HU.
has more than 25 years of experience at HU. He received his Ph.D. in
New Testament Studies from Drew University and is a notable researcher
who has been published in “Biblical Archaeology Review” for his
discoveries of early synagogues in Turkey.
“Dr. Jeff Webb and
Dr. Mark Fairchild were selected for these chairs because the university
felt that these professors exemplified what it means to be a Huntington
faculty member,” said Dr. Del Doughy, interim senior vice president for
academic affairs. “They both have strong records of scholarship in
their respective fields, they are both great teachers, and they both
provide effective service to the campus and the community at-large.”