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RESOLUTION TO HONOR DR. JOHN BIRD FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE ON THE WINTHROP UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES


WHEREAS, Winthrop University with sincere appreciation, does hereby acknowledge, commend and honor the distinguished service of Dr. John Bird as Faculty Representative to the Winthrop University Board of Trustees; and

WHEREAS, during his four-year tenure he has demonstrated leadership on behalf of his faculty colleagues; and

WHEREAS, he consistently shared thoughtful advice and counsel with the President and the Board and devoted himself to the fulfillment of Winthrop University’s mission; and

WHEREAS, he served dutifully and admirably as a faculty member in the department of English for twenty-four years; and

WHEREAS, he is much admired for his devotion to his scholarship of American Literature and international prominence within his field as an expert on the writings of Mark Twain, President of the Mark Twain Circle of America, his widely hailed book, Mark Twain and Metaphor, and his discovery of an invaluable and heretofore unknown Twain manuscript; and

WHEREAS, he steadfastly committed many hours of his time as the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center and led the always enriching Winthrop Conference on Teaching and Learning; and WHEREAS, his faithful commitment to, and foundation of, The Weekly Reader regularly warmed the hearts of its many readers and was a frequent source of self-reflection and mindful awareness;

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees and President Mahony do hereby gratefully acknowledge the dedication to excellence that has been demonstrated by Dr. John Bird on behalf of his faculty colleagues and the University;

AND, presents today from the Board on behalf of the entire Winthrop University community this citation as a testament to his achievements and devotion to education.

APPROVED, this the 23rd day of June, 2017.

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