Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, left, and Board of Trustees Chair Kenneth Bowman, right, make the presentation to Myron J. "Jack" Smith during the President's Dinner.
Myron J. “Jack” Smith was recognized during the President’s Dinner on Friday, May 13, for his more than 20 years of service to Tusculum College as director of the library.
Smith was presented a framed copy of the resolution honoring his service to Tusculum and academia that had been approved by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees at its February meeting. Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, and Dr. Kenneth Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees, made the presentation.
The Board of Trustees has also granted the honorary status of faculty emeritus to Smith.
The resolution reads:
“Whereas, Myron J. Smith, Jr. was awarded degrees from Ashland University, Western Michigan University, and Shippensburg University and pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana-Purdue University, and The Ohio State University; and
Whereas, Mr. Smith began his career at the Detroit Public Library as a young adult services librarian; and
Whereas, while at Western Maryland College, he worked summers as a bibliographer at the Navy Department Library in Washington, DC where he was mentored on occasion by the noted historian Samuel Eliot Morison; and
Whereas, Mr. Smith worked as library director at the Huntington Public Library before returning to academic service at Salem College where he remained for fifteen years before coming to Tusculum; and
Whereas, Mr. Smith joined Tusculum College in 1990 where he served until 2015 retiring from the positions of library director and professor of library science and history; and
Whereas, he worked diligently to improve library resources and access opportunities for the Tusculum community and coordinated partnerships with local and regional libraries; and
Whereas, Mr. Smith is an internationally-known author and bibliographer on subjects ranging in topic from airline to Watergate and from baseball to the U.S. Civil War and has published eighty-eight books which have been sold in or acquired by libraries in forty-four countries and every state in the United States; and
Whereas, in 1993, he received the Nelson Ross Award from the Professional Football Writers Association, and he remains the only American to have received the Richard Franck Preis for historical bibliography from the German Government; and
Whereas, Mr. Smith was granted Faculty Emeritus status by the Board of Trustees;
Now Therefore, be it resolved, that the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, meeting in Greeneville, Tennessee, on February 20, 2016, does hereby acknowledge, commend, and honor Myron J. Smith, Jr for extraordinary service to Tusculum College and to the people of this state and nation and extends to Mr. Smith its best wishes for a rewarding and fulfilling retirement.”