Drs. Burkey and Perone Appointed to Endowed Professorships

March 19, 2009

burkeyDr. Linda Burkey, professor of education and chair of the Department of Education at Mount Union College has been selected as the Lester D. Crow Professor in Education and Dr. James Perone, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music has been selected as the Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music.

Dr. Lester D. Crow was an educator and the prolific author, with his first wife Dr. Alice von Bauer Crow, of 74 textbooks on the teaching of education and psychology.  The chair was established in 1992 after the death of Dr. Crow and his second wife Rosamond Hardy Crow; gifts from two charitable remainder trusts were combined to establish the Lester D. Crow Professorship in Education.

 “I am honored to be chosen for the Lester D. Crow Professorship,” said Burkey. “This will provide me the opportunity to continue my research in literacy and language development in various Asian countries.”

Prior to coming to Mount Union in 1995, Burkey worked in the Education Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary and special education from Kent State University, a master of arts degree in education from Lenoir Rhyne College and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Kent State.

peroneThe Ramsey Professor in Music was established circa 1918 by Mr. Willis H. Ramsey, vice president of Morgan Engineering and member of the Board of Trustees from 1912 until his death in 1936.  It is believed that the Margaret Morgan Ramsey Endowed Professorship in Music, a gift made during the Methodist Episcopal Church’s Educational Jubilee Movement, was made as a tribute to Mr. Ramsey’s wife and took into consideration her fondness for music.

“I’m deeply honored to be the first modern-day recipient of this professorship,” said Perone. “I anticipate that this will help me in my research and in bringing that research into the classroom.”

Perone plans to use the funds provided through the professorship for travel to attend conferences, do field research or visit other campuses to share and exchange innovative ideas.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Perone earned a bachelor of music degree in music education from Capital University in 1980. He subsequently pursued graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned a master of fine arts degree in clarinet performance in 1982, a master of arts degree in music theory in 1984 and a doctoral degree in music theory in 1988. Before taking his position at Mount Union, he was active in chamber music throughout western New York, playing clarinet in the Madera Wind Quartet and Amherst Chamber Winds.

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