Western Maryland dean gets development job

December 14, 1992

Dr. LeRoy L. Panek, Western Maryland College's dean of planning and research, will relinquish that position to become director of corporate and foundation relations in the college's Office of Development on Jan. 1.

Dr. Panek, a 24-year employee of Western Maryland as an educator and administrator, will coordinate Western Maryland's expanding effort to enlist support from corporations, foundations and public granting agencies.

He will report to Stevenson W. Close Jr., associate vice president and director of development.

In announcing Dr. Panek's appointment, Western Maryland College President Robert H. Chambers said: "LeRoy Panek has served this college in Herculean ways for some 24 years. We are grateful and better for his strong leadership."

Although his duties will require him to give up his positions on the long-range planning and enrollment management committees, Dr. Panek will continue to teach one course each semester in the English department.

Dr. Panek, who holds a bachelor's degree from Marietta College, a master's from Lehigh University and a doctorate from Kent State University, began his teaching career at Western Maryland in 1968 as an assistant professor of English.

Four years later, he was named associate professor of English, and in 1978, he advanced to the position of full professor.

In 1989 and 1990, Dr. Panek served as associate dean of academic affairs. He was named that department's dean of planning and research in 1990, where he worked on long-range plans for the institution.

Dr. Panek has published a number of books, articles and reviews during his career, focusing primarily on his love of mysteries.

His books include "Watteau's Shepherds: The Detective Novel in England, 1914-1940," which won the 1980 Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

His other works include "The Special Branch: The British Spy Novel, 1890-1980" (1981); "An Introduction to the Detective Story" (1987, another E. A. Poe winner); and his latest, "Probable Cause: Crime Fiction in America" (1990).

Among his awards and honors are Western Maryland's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983, a Popular Culture Association of America award in 1991 for contributions to the serious study of mystery fiction, and a 1985 listing in "Contemporary Authors."

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