Ex-WMC coach, wife donors of endowment

Jiffy Lube founder funds 1st undergraduate professorship at college

May 21, 1999

Playing to win on the football field and in the boardroom has resulted in the funding of the first endowed undergraduate professorship in the humanities at Western Maryland College.

W. James Hindman, former WMC football coach and Jiffy Lube International Inc. founder, and his wife, Dixie, of Westminster were recognized last month at a trustee dinner as the principal donors of the Ralph and Dorothy John Professorship in the Humanities.

Ex-president honored

The Hindmans chose to honor former WMC President Ralph C. John and his wife, Dot, of Berlin, Md., in the naming of the professorship.

A self-made millionaire at age 35, Hindman was hired by John in 1976 to coach the winless football team.

Two years later, Hindman's Green Terror had posted a 7-1-1 record and an eighth-place national ranking in NCAA Division III.

John was WMC president from 1972 to 1984, when the liberal arts college nearly doubled its enrollment; earned acclaim for its graduate program in deafness; launched the graduate degree program in liberal arts; adopted long-range planning and its "First Principles" mission statement; and was approved for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the paramount honor society recognizing liberal arts in America.

Professorship awarded

English professor and poet-in-residence Kathy Steele Mangan has been awarded the professorship and will receive an annual supplemental stipend to pursue scholarly research and travel.

The professorship will rotate every five years to faculty in the disciplines representing the humanities. It is the first endowed undergraduate professorship to be established in the liberal arts college's 132-year history.

Mangan joined the English faculty in 1977 and has taught creative writing and literature. in 1984, earned the distinguished teaching award and has amassed several book awards, the creativity award and faculty development grants.

Her most recent book, "Above the Tree Line," was published by Carnegie Mellon University in 1994. Her poems have appeared in many premier anthologies.

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