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Oaks residential neighborhood to display name of four university honorees

November 4, 2012

The Elon University Board of Trustees voted during its fall meeting to name four buildings in the Oaks residential neighborhood in honor of four emeriti faculty and staff.

“This is done on rare occasions,” said Jeff Stein, secretary to the Board of Trustees and assistant professor of English. “Most namings are a result of philanthropic gifts to the institution. On rare and special occasions, facilities are named in honor of distinguished emeriti faculty and staff.”

The buildings will display the names of Jo Watts Williams, vice president emerita and professor of education; John Sullivan, professor emeritus of philosophy; Janie Council; late professor of accounting; and Janie Brown, professor emerita of physical education.

On rare and special occasions, facilities are named in honor of distinguished emeriti faculty and staff- Jeff Stein, secretary of Board of Trustees and assistant professor of English

  • Jo Watts Williams: Williams served as an instructor in the departments of education and psychology before working as associate dean of academic affairs and director of the learning resource center. She also served as vice president for development and special assistant to the president for 16 years. Williams demonstrated community involvement, as well, and was active on local boards. She was awarded Elon’s Distinguished Alumna of the Year in 1995 and received the Elon Medallion for service to the university in 1998.
  • John Sullivan: Sullivan was a member of the department of Philosophy from 1970 until he retired 2001. He received the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1980. Sullivan has been continually recognized by the university for his work and has been the first recipient of two Elon-specific awards: the Maude Sharpe Powell Professor and Elon’s Distinguished University Professor.
  • Janie Brown: Brown worked at Elon for 39 years as a professor of physical education and served more than 20 years as the chair of the department. She has been recognized for her contributions to the women’s athletics program and has endowed the Dr. Janie P Brown Women’s Athletic Scholarship. She exhibits continual dedication to athletics. Brown is currently president of the board of directors of North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Janie Council: Council, the first recipient of Elon’s Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence, taught accounting at Elon from 1960 to 1984. Elon’s Student Government Association named Council Outstanding Professor of the Year, which is currently named in her honor, on seven occasions. Council died in 1992.
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