MC recognizes outstanding faculty during commencement exercises

May 28, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

During its May 19 commencement exercises, Maryville College recognized two faculty members for their exemplary service during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Associate professor of mathematics Dr. Margaret “Margie” Ribble was honored with the College’s Outstanding Teacher Award. The recognition, which is awarded based on nominations by junior and senior student, is a testament to Ribble’s enthusiasm and exceptional devotion to the College community.

A 1961 graduate of Maryville College, Ribble earned both her master’s degree and her doctorate from the University of Tennessee. Ribble worked as a staff member and instructor of mathematics at the College for several years before officially joining the full-time faculty in 1998. Her dissertation on the mathematician Fibonacci received the Helen B. Watson Outstanding Dissertation Award from the UT College of Education in 1999.

In recognizing Ribble, Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Robert J. Naylor noted both “her exceptional devotion to mentoring” and the breadth of her professional scholarship, which ranges from “America’s Ethnic Pluralism to the mathematics of Fibonacci numbers.

“ Students describe the winner of this year’s Outstanding Teacher Award as: ‘wonderfully enthusiastic,’ ‘patient beyond belief’ and ‘the best teacher ever,’” Naylor remarked. “Of course she is all those things, and a good deal more.”

Dr. Drew Crain, assistant professor of biology, was recognized as the runner-up for the award. Crain holds a bachelor’s degree from the Clemson University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in zoology from the University of Florida.

In presenting the award to Crain, Naylor observed that since joining the College faculty in the late 1990s, Crain has “been a remarkably productive scholar and teacher.”

The dean further lauded Crain as “a member of the faculty who students describe as one of the most interesting and energetic professors at Maryville College. Some say his enthusiasm is ‘infectious,’ even at eight o’clock in the morning!”


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.