Backhus retiring


Homecoming reception to mark retirement for Backhus

Dr. DeWayne Backhus (BS’66) is retiring after 44 years of service to Emporia State University. Generations of ESU students have benefited from Backhus’ expertise in and passion for the physical sciences, especially planetary and space science.

Backhus has served as chair of the Physical Sciences for the past 22 years and during that tenure has overseen tremendous growth in the department’s teaching effectiveness and research capabilities.

During his career, Backhus has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, meritorius service and scholarly achievement. "His unwavering dedication to the University, his faculty and staff colleagues and his students has inspired countless thousands to greater heights of personal and professional success," said Dr. James Roach, who succeeds Backhus as interim chair of the Departments of Physical Sciences at ESU.

Stay tuned for details about retirement receptions in Backhus’ honor to be held in conjunction with Homecoming Week 2011 at