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2010 News Releases
Three retiring Longwood faculty members honored
April 8, 2010
Three retiring Longwood University faculty members were honored recently.
They are Dr. William Brown, associate professor of accounting, who has been at Longwood for 23 years; Dr. James Riley, associate professor of education (11 years); and Dr. Barbara Williams, assistant professor of education (five years). The faculty members, retiring at the end of the current academic year, were guests of honor at a campus reception April 6.
This was the second retirement for two of them. Before coming to Longwood, Dr. Williams was a school administrator in Elizabeth City, N.C., and Dr. Riley had a 34-year career in public education in New York state, the last 31 years with the Three Village Central School District on Long Island.
Dr. Brown was praised by an accounting colleague, Dr. Mary "Mikie" Flanigan, for his "many wonderful contributions to the College of Business and Economics, especially to the accounting program," for launching the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (which began in 1988 and is still in operation), and for his involvement with the Center for Economic Education, which he directed from July 1997 to May 1999. "He mentored all of us," said Dr. Flanigan, who noted his "wonderful wry sense of humor" and that when asked a tax question, he usually, like other tax preparers, responds, "It depends."
Dr. Brown, a certified public accountant, chaired the Accounting and Management Information Systems department from January 1990 to June 1995, and he chaired what is now the Accounting, Economics, Finance and Real Estate department from June 2005 to June 2008. He currently chairs the Chesterfield County Planning Commission.
Dr. Riley "not only brought a keen mind and a love of teaching with him to work every day but he also brought and practiced true civility, camaraderie and good will toward us all," said Dr. Frank Howe, a department colleague. "Such qualities are in short supply, and we can ill afford to lose them or him. Jim, I have learned from you and been enriched by you. Your infectious good humor has made difficult times bearable and good times delightful. To paraphrase an old Irish adage, 'If you're lucky enough to work with Jim Riley, then you're lucky enough.'"
During his tenure with the Three Village Central School District, Dr. Riley was the math coordinator and later became the math, science and technology coordinator. His wife, Barbara, formerly taught as an adjunct in Longwood's education program, from which she stepped down two years ago.
Dr. Williams is a "wonderful teacher who shares her love of learning and teaching with every one of her students," said Dr. Gretchen Braun, a department colleague. "Her special passion is reading and children's literature, and her tremendous enthusiasm is contagious. Barbara's collection of children's books, which she shares generously, is the envy of her colleagues. She is the best adviser to students, giving them accurate and wise advice about their courses. Barbara is a wonderful colleague and friend."
Dr. Wayne McWee, provost and vice president for academic affairs, told the retirees, "You are always welcome at home at Longwood. Come back often to visit. You've made us a better place. The students you've touched will go on to lead better lives."