Alderson-Broaddus College professor named a finalist

Dr. Kenneth H. Yount, professor of political science and history at Alderson-Broaddus College, was honored as one of the five finalists in the West Virginia Outstanding Professor competition at an event March 12.

The event was sponsored by the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation and included a reception at the state governor’s mansion, followed by an awards dinner.

Yount was honored as the first runner-up in the state competition and received a plaque and a check for $2,500. A-B College President Richard Creehan also attended the awards banquet and spoke on behalf of Yount. Also in attendance were Alyssa Jones, student government president; Alderson-Broaddus College faculty members; Mary Poling, House of Delegates education committee chair; and about 20 Yount family members.

“This a great honor personally and for the thousands of students over the decades,” Yount said. “It is with them in mind that I accept this award.”

Dr. John Weaver, professor at Georgia Southern University and former student of Yount said, “Dr. Yount means the world to me because of the worlds he introduced me to and the possibilities he opened to me. His classes changed my life. And most importantly, I know for a fact that I am not alone. There are so many people he has touched, changed and transformed because he embodies the meaning of the liberal arts and what it means to be a professor.”

Yount is originally from Ford City, Pa. He is a 1969 graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College, which he attended at a National Merit Scholar. While a student at A-B, he served as SGA senator and president of the student body. He was editor of the student newspaper, vice president of Epsilon Tau Eta Sigma fraternity and valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He won the senior academic award, social science academic award, social science writing award and college club award, and was a member of Silver Key Honor Society.

Yount holds the bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in political science from Alderson-Broaddus College. He completed his masters study in political science at the University of Pittsburgh and holds the M.R.E degree, with honors, from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He received his Ph D in political science, with honors, from West Virginia University.

After working for the federal government in Washington, D.C., in the Office of Education, he was a newspaper editor for three years and then returned to work at A-B.

Yount is completing his 39th year of service to Alderson-Broaddus College, where he has taught more than 30 different courses in such areas as political science, history, geography, European studies, journalism and philosophy. He chaired the committee that established the college’s Honors Program, served as director of the Honors Program and has taught in that program many times.

Yount has traveled extensively in six continents and has led many student trips to Europe, as well as to India and Thailand, and last fall he again resided in Salzburg, Austria, and led the college’s Semester in Europe program there.

Besides his classroom work, he also has served the college as director of public information, director of admissions, director of early admissions, special assistant in development, and provost and vice president for academic affairs. While serving as provost, he was elected by his fellow chief academic officers as chair of the Appalachian College Association deans.

At commencement 2012, Yount received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award, presented by the Alderson-Broaddus College Student Government Association on behalf of the college’s students. The Outstanding Faculty member award was designed to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and student service. The award included a check for $1,000 for Yount’s personal use, an additional check for $1,000 to go into the Dr. Kenneth H. Yount Scholarship fund and a large bronze plaque.

Yount has been honored for his teaching on previous occasions. He is a four-time nominee by the Student Government Association at Alderson-Broaddus College for the West Virginia Outstanding Professor Award, and was twice named a statewide finalist, placing in the top five faculty in West Virginia. In 1990 he was honored by the West Virginia Legislature with a citation for his “distinguished service to higher education in the state.” He was also honored for excellence in teaching by the American Political Science Association at its nationwide meeting in San Francisco.

Yount has published many books and articles including one titled “Grass Roots Perceptions and Use of Federal Revenue Sharing,” which was published by the Bureau for Government Research. Another book, “The Cutoff of Federal Revenue Sharing,” was written by Yount after interviewing 38 government officials, including former President Gerald R. Ford, and was published by Marquette Monographs.

He authored a chapter in a widely used college textbook published by Ginn Press.

He also authored an article on the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and another on the Civil War for the publication West Virginia History.

In 2000 he was honored with the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and his former students at that time established a named scholarship in his honor.

Yount resides in Wellington Heights near Philippi with his wife Carol, also an honors alum from A-B College. They have three daughters and 11 grandchildren.