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April 13, 2006

Endowed Professor of Gerontology Completes Two-Year Tenure Position

ULM professor Dr. Chris Johnson finishes a two-year tenure in the annual position of Endowed Professor of Gerontology amid much lauded service and contributions to his department. Johnson, who has had three total years in the Endowed Professor position, will remain a professor of gerontology and sociology at ULM.

“I can honestly say that the department of gerontology would not be where it is at today without the work and support of Dr. Chris Johnson,” said Dr. James Bulot, interim department head of gerontology and sociology. “He is a die-hard supporter of ULM, and it is an honor and a fitting tribute that he be recognized as the Endowed Professor of Gerontology. One of the hallmarks of this award is that it be given to someone who actively supports and does research in this field. I cannot think of another individual more fitting, or who utilized the resources more appropriately.”

During his tenure in the position, Johnson has made six presentations at national conferences, had two papers published and has assisted in writing two research grants. He is currently co-publishing a third edition to a book. He also lends his time and efforts to the Greater Monroe/Ouachita Parish community as he works with the mayor's office to help Monroe become designated as a retirement community.

The endowed professorship is funded each year from a $100k anonymous donation to the gerontology program, specifically through the interest earned on the principle. It's a competitive award and considered to be a high honor. All faculty members at ULM are allowed to compete, and a non-partisan committee selects the winner on merit. Advertising for the endowed professor award for the upcoming year is expected to commence shortly.

For more information on ULM’s nationally known master’s degree in gerontology program or about Johnson’s research, call 318-342-1430 or go to:

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