New professors join Grove City College faculty

Grove City College welcomes ten new professors this fall, including several alumni, to bolster its student-focused faculty.

“Grove City College has been blessed to be able to attract excellent professors who are accomplished in their disciplines, committed to the Christian intellectual tradition and focused on student success,” College President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said. “These new scholars exemplify the College’s dedication to academic excellence, and we look forward to seeing them work closely with our students and advance the College’s mission to develop leaders of the highest proficiency, purpose and principle.”

The new additions will enrich academic departments in both the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters and the Hopeman School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, which will be led by one of the new hires, Dr. Richard Savage, a professor of engineering who will serve as dean of the Hopeman School.

Other new faculty members are:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Baker, History. Baker earned a B.A. in History from Gordon College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Notre Dame University.
  • Dr. Sarah Berry, English. She holds a B.A., University Scholars (Baylor), M.A. in English (Boston College), and a Ph.D. in English (University of Connecticut).
  • Dr. James Brooks ’04, Electrical Engineering. He holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Grove City College, a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in decision sciences and system engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Dr. Young K. Park, Accounting. Park earned a B.B.A. from Korea University, an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Dr. George “Geo” Richards, Mechanical Engineering. Richards holds a B.S. in physics and mechanical engineering and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue.
  • Dr. Luke Rumbaugh ’07, Electrical Engineering. Rumbaugh earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College, a M.S. and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Clarkson University.
  • Dr. John D. Smith ’88, Management and Marketing. Smith earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Grove City College, a M.S. in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a D.B.A. in operations and supply chain management from Cleveland State University.
  • Prof. Ken Smith ’84, Entrepreneurship. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Computer Systems from Grove City College and a M.A. in organizational leadership-leadership coaching and mentoring from Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
  • Dr. Brian Yowler, Biology. Yowler holds a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Penn State College of Medicine.

Grove City College maintains an excellent 13:1 student/faculty ratio. While faculty are committed first to teaching, the College encourages student-faculty research and supports academic endeavors beyond the classroom that advance intellectual inquiry and enhance the student experience.

New professors join Grove City College faculty

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