Changing of the Guard

 

(left to right) Bill Coulter, Paul Irwin, Bill Mattson, Ted Hostetler

(left to right) Bill Coulter, Paul Irwin, Bill Mattson, Ted Hostetler

This year, four Randolph professors will retire from the College, leaving behind a combined 143-year legacy of education and service.

During their tenure at Randolph, they have seen dramatic changes throughout the world—and in their jobs. For instance, in 1974, (the year Paul Irwin began his position as mathematics professor), gas was 55 cents a gallon, the MRI scanner was invented, and some companies began using a primitive word processor in place of typewriters. Portable computers were unheard of, and most professors used chalkboards and paper and pencil tests. Fast forward to today, when classrooms have SmartBoards, nearly everyone on campus is connected to the world via their phones, and many books are digital.

Life is definitely different, but what hasn’t changed is the commitment of Randolph and its faculty and staff to provide the highest quality liberal arts foundation to students.

We asked these four retiring faculty members to sit down and reminisce. Here’s what they said: