Dr. George D. Barthalmus, associate dean and director of Academic Programs, retired June 30. He leaves the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a distinguished record of serving as teacher, adviser, mentor, researcher and administrator.
Barthalmus joined the College’s Department of Zoology as an assistant professor in 1970, and he was appointed professor in 1983. While serving as professor and undergraduate coordinator in the department, he won three N.C. State Outstanding Teacher Awards, the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Adviser Award.
He entered full-time administration as assistant director of Academic Programs in 1994. He became interim associate dean and director of Academic Programs in 1997 and was appointed to the position permanently in 1998.
“George has had a distinguished career in and out of the classroom and laboratory at N.C. State,” Dean James L. Oblinger said. “He has truly inspired students to pursue their goals and dreams. His interest in the ‘whole person’ has meant that he has supported co-curricular activities beyond the purely academic experience; he’s facilitated leadership development in our students, as well. One of the hallmarks of his years on the College’s administrative team is the leverage of our undergraduate research and teaching experiences for students mentored by faculty. He has been a valuable addition to the administrative team and has worked cooperatively with both our research and extension directors, Dr. Johnny Wynne and Dr. Jon Ort, respectively. His leadership at the campus level in regard to developing the Undergraduate Research Symposium through the years is further evidence of his commitment.”
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