Paul DeYoung Holds Endowed Chair
Paul DeYoung of the Hope College faculty holds the Kenneth
G. Herrick Professorship in Physics.
The appointment recognizes DeYoung for his outstanding and long-time
service to Hope.
"Dr. DeYoung fulfills all the criteria for the Herrick professorship,
and does so with distinction," said Dr. James Boelkins, who
is provost at Hope. "His consistent record of teaching, scholarship,
funding, collaborative research with students, and faithful service
to the college and the field of physics are exemplary."
DeYoung, who has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1985,
conducts research in nuclear physics, investigating the structure
of rare isotopes at the country's leading accelerators and also
studying applications of nuclear physics techniques to other disciplines.
He received the national 2001 "Prize to a Faculty Member for
Research in an Undergraduate Institution" from the American
He joined the faculty as an assistant professor. He was promoted
to associate professor in 1991 and to professor in 1997, and serves
as chair of the department of physics.
Many Hope students have worked with DeYoung on research
projects over the years. They have gone on to careers in a variety
of scientific areas. Former students are now researchers, college
and university teachers, doctors, engineers and high school teachers,
and several are employed at high-tech companies.
His research has received continuous support, totaling more than
$1 million, since 1985 from agencies including the National Science
Foundation, Research Corporation and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.
His work has resulted in more than 80 journal articles and more
than 80 presentations at professional conferences.
DeYoung is a member of the Sigma Xi national science honorary
society and the Council on Undergraduate Research. He has served
as an officer at the local and national level for both organizations,
and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
He graduated from Hope summa cum laude in 1977. He completed his
doctorate at the University of Notre Dame in 1982, and subsequently
conducted research at the Nuclear Structure Laboratory, SUNY-Stony
Brook, before returning to Hope to teach.
The Kenneth G. Herrick chair was established in 1981 in honor
of Kenneth G. Herrick, president of the Herrick Foundation and
chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tecumseh Products Inc. Herrick
died on Sunday, July 25, 2004, at age 83. The chair had been held
since 1984 by Dr. James Gentile, a biologist and dean for the natural
sciences who left the college earlier this year to become president
of Research Corporation of Tucson, Ariz. It was first held by Dr.
Michael Doyle, a former member of the college's chemistry faculty.
Endowed chairs are established by donors who wish to assist the
college on a permanent basis through the support of a faculty member.
The gift is placed in the college's endowment fund with investment
income used to support the work of the honored professor. In addition
to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide
funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support.
more about establishing an endowed professorship