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Retiring Longwood faculty honored

March 28, 2012

Retiring faculty members Pat Howe (left), Dr. Norm Bregman and Dr. Mary Retiring faculty members Pat Howe (left), Dr. Norm Bregman and Dr. Mary "Mikie" Flanigan were honored recently.

Five retiring Longwood University faculty members were honored in a campus recognition March 27.

The faculty members, and the year they joined the Longwood faculty, are Dr. Norm Bregman (1997), professor of psychology; Dr. Mary "Mikie" Flanigan (1990), professor of accounting; Sally Gilfillan (1986), associate professor of accounting; Dr. Frank Howe (1988), professor of guidance and counseling; and Pat Howe (1982), head of technical services in Greenwood Library and associate professor in the School Library Media Program. Bregman and Flanigan are retiring when their contracts expire in August; the others retired Jan. 1.

Bregman served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Longwood from 1997 to 2004, when he returned to his tenured position as a full-time member of the Department of Psychology. In previous positions, he was vice president for academic affairs at the University of Evansville and associate provost at Butler University, both in Indiana. He also has been a professor and dean at Henderson State University in Arkansas and a professor and department head at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Flanigan, a certified public accountant (CPA), received the Maria Bristow Starke Faculty Excellence Award in 2004, has twice (2001 and 1998) been the Outstanding Faculty Member in the then-School of Business, and was the Outstanding Student Advisor in the College of Business & Economics (CBE) in 2008. She has twice (2008 and 2007) received the Best Paper Award at the International Business and Economics Research Committee, and she also received best paper awards at the European Applied Business Research Conference in Scotland in 2004 and the IBE & TLC Conference in 2005.

Gilfillan, a 1984 Longwood graduate who is a CPA, received a Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996, was the CBE's Outstanding Professor in 2007 and Outstanding Student Advisor in 1997, and chaired the Intercollegiate Athletics Council in 2002-03. She served on the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors from 2003 through 2009.

Frank Howe at one time chaired what was then the Department of Education, Special Education, Social Work and Communication Disorders. He received the Maria Bristow Starke Faculty Excellence Award in 1994 and a Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. He was instrumental in coordinating Longwood's partnership in teacher preparation with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.

Pat Howe has long been active in the Virginia Library Association and served as its president in 2007. She received the VLA Paraprofessional Forum's Supporter of the Year Award in 2009; was VLA secretary in 1996-98; and has chaired several VLA committees and forums, including Region 2 and the Technical Services and Technology forum.