Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professorship

Roe R Cross portrait


The Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professorship, established in 1979 and funded by a gift from the Roe R. Cross Foundation, is by most measures the highest honor Emporia State University can accord to one of its faculty. No more than one faculty member can be so honored in a given year. While the Cross award primarily recognizes scholarly and creative accomplishment, the academic record of a recipient must be distinguished by excellence in university teaching, participation in professional activities, the fostering of an intellectual atmosphere, recognition or respect accorded to him or her by peers and students, recognition of extra classroom service to the university, and a record of distinction as a student mentor.


From the earliest establishment of the award, Roe R. Cross professors have promoted academic quality at Emporia State University and have advised the university administration. Roe R. Cross professors deliver the Winter Commencement address during the year following their selection. A committee composed of Roe. R. Cross professors selects the Shepherd Scholars each year, and the group as a whole awards a special scholarship to the outstanding student from among that number. The Cross professors have hooded master’s degree recipients at commencement, served as marshals in presidential inaugurations, sponsored faculty forums, judged university academic competitions, and co-sponsored Honors Program activities.

Roe R. Cross Profiles

  • Charles  Brown
  • Charles Brown
  • 2014 – Charles Brown
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  • Amy Sage Webb
  • Amy Sage Webb
  • 2012 - Amy Sage Webb
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  • Richard  Schrock
  • Richard Schrock
  • 2011 - Richard Schrock
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  • Karen Manners Smith
  • Karen Manners Smith
  • 2009 - Karen Manners Smith
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  • Herbert  Achleitner
  • Herbert Achleitner
  • 2006 - Herbert Achleitner
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  • Donald  Miller
  • Donald Miller
  • 2005 - Donald S. Miller
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  • Larry  Schwarm
  • Larry Schwarm
  • 2004 - Larry Schwarm
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  • Ronald T. McCoy
  • Ronald T. McCoy
  • 2003 - Ronald T. McCoy
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  • Harvey C. Foyle
  • Harvey C. Foyle
  • 2002 - Harvey C. Foyle
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  • William H. Clamurro
  • William H. Clamurro
  • 2000 - William H. Clamurro
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  • Joella  Mehrhof
  • Joella Mehrhof
  • 1998 - Joella Mehrhof
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  • Ronald Q. Frederickson
  • Ronald Q. Frederickson
  • 1997 - Ronald Q. Frederickson
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  • Gaylen J. Neufeld
  • Gaylen J. Neufeld
  • 1995 - Gaylen J. Neufeld
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  • Roger C. Greer
  • Roger C. Greer
  • 1993 - Roger C. Greer
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  • Teresa A. Mehring
  • Teresa A. Mehring
  • 1992 - Teresa A. Mehring
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  • Philip L. Kelly
  • Philip L. Kelly
  • 1991 - Philip L. Kelly
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  • Cooper B. Holmes
  • Cooper B. Holmes
  • 1990 - Cooper B. Holmes
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  • Dan R. Kirkhhefer
  • Dan R. Kirkhhefer
  • 1989 - Dan R. Kirkhhefer
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  • Carl D. Prophet
  • Carl D. Prophet
  • 1988 - Carl D. Prophet
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  • Thomas D. Isern
  • Thomas D. Isern
  • 1987 - Thomas D. Isern
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  • Elaine V. Edwards
  • Elaine V. Edwards
  • 1986 - Elaine V. Edwards
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  • Melvin G. Storm
  • Melvin G. Storm
  • 1985 - Melvin G. Storm
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  • Stephen F. Davis
  • Stephen F. Davis
  • 1984 - Stephen F. Davis
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  • Helen  McElree
  • Helen McElree
  • 1982 - Helen McElree
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  • DeWayne A. Backhus
  • DeWayne A. Backhus
  • 1981 - DeWayne A. Backhus
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  • Loren E. Pennington
  • Loren E. Pennington
  • 1980 - Loren E. Pennington
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  • William R. Elkins
  • William R. Elkins
  • 1979 - William R. Elkins
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