Concord’s David Bard Wins Professor of the Year Award

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 03 2002

Concord’s David Bard Wins Professor of the Year Award

Athens, W.Va. - The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia was created in 1984 to provide a means of recognizing and rewarding outstanding innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education. Through the "Professor of the Year" program, the outstanding achievements of these individuals are brought to the attention of the general public in West Virginia.

Concord’s Dr. David Bard was one of three finalists at the award program held Thursday, February 21, 2002 at the Cultural Center Great Hall in Charleston, West Virginia. Dr. Barbara Ludlow, professor of education from West Virginia University and Dr. John McKernan, professor of English from Marshall University were the other finalists.

"A teacher like Dave Bard who feels called to his vocation teaches because, as Martin Luther said, he 'can do no other,' a far cry from the old cynic's saw—‘Those who can, do; those who can't, teach,’" stated Concord College President Jerry Beasley, during his introduction of Bard.

"Talented and forceful, Dr. Bard would have been successful in any number of life pursuits, but fortunately for several generations of Concord College students, he chose teaching. And, those who know him will tell you that he sees almost every encounter as a teaching opportunity; we've all been his students at one time or another, not merely the undergraduates in his classroom or his field trips. Often we find ourselves like the wedding guest in The Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner, … we cannot choose but hear."

Bard was announced winner after a keynote address by Dr. J. Michael Mullen, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

A $10,000 cash award was given to Bard, with awards of $1,000 each going to Ludlow and McKernan.

"It’s a wonderful honor," exclaimed Dr. Bard. "There are many others who deserve this much more than I. I do think it is unfortunate that just one award is given. This award is a real capstone on my career and I look at this as a lifetime achievement award for my contributions over the past 30 years."

Dr. Bard began his career at Concord in 1966 and teaches history. He also provides commentary to the local media on political issues. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served in various administrative positions including assistant academic dean and has served on numerous faculty and student boards, committees and associations.

He coordinates international trips for students and recently wrote a book about the Civil War that can be purchased at Tamarack and local bookstores.

Bard is originally from Connecticut. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate degree from the University of Maine.

He resides in Athens with his wife, Carol.


Concord Notes: The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia has established the following objectives: to recognize and reward outstanding professional leadership, innovation and creativity in teaching among the faculties of all West Virginia public and private colleges and universities; to bring outstanding faculty achievements to the attention of the citizens of the State; to increase public awareness of the appreciation for the contributions of faculty members through the institutions of higher education they serve; to gain support from the general public for the higher education enterprise.