Academics, Campus wide, Faculty

Four employees earn emeritus distinction

By Jan Joslin | May 11, 2022
Dr. Arnold Hite served Charleston Southern University for 32 years. Photo by Ty Cornett

Three faculty members and one staff member received the Emeritus title at the annual employee luncheon May 5, and the faculty were recognized at the May 7 Commencement.

President Dondi Costin said, “Imagine how many students’ lives were impacted by this group.” 

Dr. Arnold Hite, emeritus professor of business, served CSU for 32 years. During that time he held multiple leadership positions including dean of the College of Business, department chair, faculty senate chair, and more. He is best known for his love for and service to students and faculty colleagues. He sponsored the student Outdoor Adventure Club, founded the CSU Polar Plunge, and was involved with international student activities. Hite said teaching is explaining with patience, to advance understanding, and convey mastery. “I have great confidence about CSU’s path,” said Hite.

Prof. Teddy Blanchard served CSU for 42 years. Photo by Ty Cornett

Professor Teddy Blanchard, emeritus professor of business, served CSU for 42 years. A dedicated teacher, he impacted many students through his expertise in accounting. Known as an excellent colleague, he mentored many young faculty members. At best estimate, he has taught nearly 10,000 students in his CSU career. Blanchard said he had worked with great faculty and students over the years.

Professor Eileen Lutzow, emeritus professor of library science, served CSU for 23 years. She navigated the Rivers Library through two library system migrations – the second one during a pandemic. She earned the love and friendship of those who worked with her. Costin said, “Her dedication, experience, and deep knowledge of the library are irreplaceable.”

Jeff Babetz served CSU for 19 years. Photo by Ty Cornett

Jeff Babetz, emeritus director of institutional effectiveness, served CSU for 19 years. Costin said Babetz was one of the employees who works behind the scenes to keep the university functioning. Babetz said, “As He always does, God provided a way to make it happen.”

Emeritus is an honorary title given to retirees who have met qualifications of longevity and excellence in the workplace.

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