The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences’ (CEHHS) long-time dean, Robert (Bob) Rider, is returning to faculty to pursue his love of teaching. To honor and celebrate Dean Rider’s nearly 16 years of service, Provost David Manderscheid, hosted a reception on June 26th in the West Club of Neyland Stadium. Rider was joined by his daughter, Lindy, and a host of faculty, administrators, staff, board members, and friends from across the campus.
Manderscheid shared, “His commitment to students, his advocacy for the college, and his record of taking the work of the university into the community have been hallmarks of his decade and a half of service as dean.”
Rider was given numerous honors during the reception. The Dean’s Staff Advisory Board presented him with a Tennessee-themed wall hanging that was signed by many of the college’s faculty and staff. Rider was also awarded the Claxton Medal of Honor by Phil Claxton, in honor of his grandfather and namesake of our building, Philander P. Claxton. Finally, Rider was also announced as one of newest inductees into the Educator’s Hall of Honor. This is the highest recognition offered.
Susan Martin, former provost and senior vice chancellor, spoke of working with Rider throughout the years and University of Tennessee’s Interim President, Randy Boyd, reflected upon his friendship with Rider before coming to the University. Jeffrey Fairbrother, associate dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs and CEHHS’ new interim dean, spoke of respect that he has for Rider and all that he gained having the opportunity to work with him.
In conclusion, Rider spoke of his love of the college and how he was honored to serve as Dean of CEHHS, sharing happy memories and times with his family throughout. “I’m grateful for my time as dean and appreciate all the support I’ve received through the years,” Rider said. “I look forward to the opportunity to return to teaching and working with students.” Rider will join the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Fall, 2019.
The search for the new dean for CEHHS is underway.