Sample Emeritus Resolution
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
Approving Appointment of William C. Carter, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Humanities
WHEREAS, in special recognition of distinguished service to The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the School of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, UAB wishes to acknowledge William C. Carter, Ph.D., by appointing him as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1963, and his Master of Arts degree in French in 1967, both from the University of Georgia, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in French from Indiana University in 1971; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter joined UAB in 1975, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and served as Chair of the Department from 1979-1990; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter was appointed as Distinguished Professor of French at UAB in 2004; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter has published six books, with Marcel Proust: A Life, published by Yale University Press, being the first comprehensive English language biography of the enigmatic author, and receiving highly favorable reviews as one of the year’s best by The Sunday L.A. Times (one of the “Best Books of 2000”), The New York Times (“Notable Book of 2000”), and The Sunday Times of London (one of the “Best Biographies of 2000”); and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter has published extensively, with more than 100 scholarly papers to his credit, and has presented more than 100 invited lectures at professional meetings and prestigious groups, nationally and internationally; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter is a permanent correspondent of the Proust Research Center at the Sorbonne and co-produced the award-winning documentary film, Marcel Proust: a Writer’s Life, which aired on PBS and in Europe and Asia; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter played a founder's role in creating the world’s third largest Proust collection at UAB’s Mervyn Sterne Library; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter has been the recipient of various UAB, local, national, and international awards including the 2002 Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction, the 1993 Silver Bowl Award given by the City of Birmingham for outstanding contributions to literature and culture, and the 1992 International Rotary Service Award given annually to an American who has made outstanding contributions to Franco-American cultural exchanges; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter has distinguished himself with creative/research activities including Project Director of Marcel Proust at UAB, Project Director, co-producer of film, Marcel Proust: A Writer's Life, interviewed for a three-hour radio documentary on Proust and his novel, and created and performed in "Proust in Love"; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter has served on external professional committees, including those of Le Bulletin Marcel Proust (Journal of the Proust Society), Writing Today Conference, Alabama Humanities Foundation; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter was inducted into the Alabama Arts Hall of Fame in 1990; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter served the maximum six-year term on the Board of the Alabama Humanities Foundation, during which he was elected the maximum two terms as chair, and was twice invited to the White House to attend the annual Humanities Award ceremonies; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Carter’s work has brought unprecedented international attention to UAB from professionals, as well as major media outlets; and
WHEREAS, with memberships, other awards, and recognitions too numerous to list, Dr. Carter is one of the most accomplished and productive academicians at UAB, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the UAB Administration wholeheartedly endorse recognition of his outstanding achievements with the additional title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama that it approves appointment of William C. Carter, Ph.D., as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board herein extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Carter for his dedication and service to The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and to the people of this state and nation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the permanent minutes of this Board and that copies be given to Dr. Carter and his wife Lynn and other members of his family, and to other appropriate University officials.