Retired professor Dr. Kenneth Autrey will deliver Moran Address in March


Lavon Davis, Staff Writer

Dr. Kenneth M. Autrey, recently retired professor of English at Francis Marion University, will deliver the 6th William C. Moran address on Thursday, March 29, at 4 p.m. in the Lowrimore Auditorium of the Cauthen Educational Media Center.

Established in 2005, the Moran address gives retired professors the opportunity to come speak, one last time, in an official, academic setting.  FMU has chosen these professors based on their belief that the professors have greatly influenced the lives of students, faculty, and staff throughout their careers at FMU.  Dr. Jon Tuttle, Professor of English at FMU, spoke highly of Autrey.

“Of course, I’m always pleased to facilitate the Address for anyone chosen to deliver it, but in Dr. Autrey’s case, I’m particularly pleased,” Tuttle said.  “He’s been my friend for over twenty years and has been one of the mainstays of this department.  He’s someone whose wisdom and patience has served as a model for the rest of us.”

Autrey taught at FMU for 22 years, teaching English composition, literature and creative writing courses.  His address is titled “Poetry as Teaching/Teaching as Poetry: An Amateur’s Perspective.”

“I’m pleased to be chosen to deliver this year’s Moran Address,” Autrey said.  “When I consider those who have previously been selected for this honor, I am especially humbled.”

The past honorees who gave the Moran address include Dr. Lorraine de Montluzin, Dr. Roger Allen, Dr. Mary McNulty, Dr. Julia Krebs and Dr. Larry Nelson.

As have other honorees, Autrey will receive a gift.  In this case, it will be an ornamental wooden clock that opens into the shape of a book. This gift serves as recognition for his service to education at FMU.

William C. Moran was the Dean of the College and Vice President of Academic Affairs at FMU.  To honor his many contributions and devotion to FMU, the Moran address was created for other prestigious professors to share some final words about their experience and career at FMU.

“The Moran Address is in part a way of saying thank you to at least some of the faculty retiring from FMU after years of dedicated service,” Tuttle said.  “It’s a way of giving them the last word—letting them have their say on any topic they choose.”

Admission to this event is free of charge and open to the public.  Following the event is a reception, located in the FMU Cottage.