Dr. Margaret M. “Peggy” Gripshover, associate professor of Geography at Western Kentucky University has been appointed State Geographer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky by Gov. Steve Beshear. Dr. Gripshover is the first woman to hold the position, which was created by the General Assembly in 1984. Dr. Gripshover is an important part of the UT Geography Community. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to coming to Western Kentucky, she was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee and an extremely popular instructor among UT students, who called her “Dr. G.” While at Tennessee, Dr. Gripshover received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award, the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Gripshover for this important recognition.
Derek H. Alderman, Professor & Department Head
For the full story about Dr. Gripshover’s appointment to State Geographer, visit: http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/state-geographer/