Hillsdale College Announces Three Faculty Retirements

Drs. Conner, Morellec, and Moye retire after 94 collective years of service

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Hillsdale, Mich. — Three of Hillsdale College’s longstanding professors are retiring.

“These three professors have collectively given 94 dedicated years of service to Hillsdale College,” said Christopher VanOrman, Hillsdale College Provost. “We will miss them and wish them the best in their retirement.”

Dr. Thomas Conner, the William P. Harris Chair in Military History and professor of history, has taught at Hillsdale College for 37 years. Dr. Conner began teaching at Hillsdale College as an assistant professor of history in 1983. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Conner has been named Hillsdale College’s Professor of the Year four times and was named one of “The Best 300 Professors” by editors of The Princeton Review in 2012. Dr. Conner’s book, War and Remembrance: The Story of the American Battle Monuments Commission, was published in 2018.

Dr. Marie-Claire Morellec, chairwoman and professor of French, retires after 25 years of teaching at Hillsdale College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Catherine, a master’s degree from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in Romance languages from the University of Oregon. Dr. Morellec is the study-abroad director for the College and has also served as faculty advisor to the Hillsdale College chapter of the French honorary Pi Delta Phi.

Dr. Lucy Moye, associate professor of history, has taught at Hillsdale College for 32 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from Duke University. She has given back to the Hillsdale community in a number of ways, including as a member of the board of directors of Alpha-Omega Women’s Care Center. On the Hillsdale College campus, she has served as faculty advisor to the Catholic Society and as chair of the Honors Program.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts
an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 4.5 million. For more information, visit hillsdale.edu.

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