Krueger to Give Final Lecture Today

Arkansas Tech University will celebrate the end of an era as David Krueger, associate professor of history, is retiring after 50 years in the classroom at Arkansas Tech. To celebrate his impact on the Arkansas Tech campus, his colleagues, friends and current and former students are invited to attend his final lecture.

His final lecture is today at 2 p.m. in the Doc Bryan Student Services Building Lecture Hall.

Krueger and Dr. Richard Cohoon, dean of the Arkansas Tech College of Natural and Health Sciences, both came to Arkansas Tech in 1960 and are the two longest-serving faculty members in the 100-year history of the university.

During his tenure at Arkansas Tech, Krueger has been named the Professor of the Year by the Student Government Association on four separate occasions including the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

He was also the first recipient of the Arkansas Tech University Faculty Award of Excellence in the teaching category in 1996.

“Fifty years is a long time, and I have been very fortunate to have enjoyed good health for so many years,” wrote Krueger in his letter of retirement. “I want to retire with the feeling that my effectiveness in the classroom is still basically undiminished.”

Krueger added that he will miss being in contact with the students at Arkansas Tech University.  He wrote in his letter of retirement, “No instructor could ask to work with a better group of scholars. I also regret leaving a department that is staffed by so many very well qualified professors who work so well with each other.”

During his half-century at Arkansas Tech, Krueger has served under four presidents and has seen the enrollment increase 548 percent to its current number of 8,814 students.

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