Elizabethtown College Online Magazine

Alumnus Endows Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence

Inspired by his Elizabethtown College mentors and professors, Dr. Thomas Conner ’72 established a reward fund to recognize teaching excellence. The Kreider Prize for Teaching Excellence Endowment is named in honor of Dr. J. Kenneth and Carroll Kreider for their service to the College. “E-town shaped my life,” said Conner. “Somehow, I wanted to show my regard for my professors, especially the Kreiders, and say thank you to them.”

Conner fondly recalled Kenneth Kreider’s teaching. “He always impressed me and conveyed an enthusiasm and passion about the subject matter,” he said. Forty years later, as a history professor at Hillsdale (Mich.) College, Conner is teaching 19th- and 20th-century European history—the same material Kreider taught him.

The recipient of the Kreider Prize will be chosen, annually, by a committee of faculty members and students who are chaired by the Provost. Eligible faculty members include full-time employees of the College who have served at least three years at E-town. The first Kreider Prize will be awarded at the end of the spring 2014 semester.

“The beauty of this is that a former student, a professor himself, recognizes the important qualities of outstanding educators and he is now seeking to further inspire others to serve their students as well as Professor Kreider did,” said David Beidleman, vice president of Institutional Advancement.