CEW director honored by alma mater 

CEW Director Jefferson cited for advancing the "liberal arts . . . across the globe" as he is honored by Western Illinois University

March 23, 2011

Fulton, Mo.-Westminster College's director of the Center for Engaging the World, Dr. Kurt Jefferson, has been honored by his undergraduate alma mater, Western Illinois Univeristy (WIU), as the inaugural "Professor of the Day" in the College of Arts and Sciences at WIU.  Jefferson lectured on his travels and work in the Middle East and China during his day and half stay on the WIU campus on March 21-22.

Jefferson (a 1988 graduate of WIU) was cited by the university "for his strong commitment to higher education, the building of international relationships, and the advancement of the liberal arts and sciences across the globe."   The recognition was conferred upon Jefferson by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Susan Martinelli-Fernandez.

In attendance at the ceremony were outgoing WIU president Al Goldfarb, incoming university president (and current provost) Dr. Jack Thomas, former mayor of Macomb, Robert Anstine, and mayor-elect Michael Inman.  WIU has 13,000 students on two campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities and Macomb is a community of 20,000 in west-central Illinois.  Westminster College Vice President for Institutional Advancement John Comerford is a graduate of WIU as is Westminster's athletic director and men's basketball coach Matt Mitchell.  Former Westminster history professor, Dr. Don Spencer, was WIU's president in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Jefferson, the son of Dr. Robert and Sally Jefferson (of Bloomington, Illinois), was raised on the WIU campus and has lived in Missouri since 1988.  He came to Westminster College in 1993 and has taught over 2000 students during his 18-year tenure at the college.

See the story about Dr. Jefferson on the WIU website:

http://www.wiu.edu/news/newsrelease.php?release_id=8789