1. President Dunlap announces his retirement (effective July 2013), and the board of trustees appoints a search committee headed by R. Michael James ’73 to choose the college’s 11th president.
2.Rachel Woodlee ’13, a business economics and Chinese major from Greer, S.C., becomes the college’s sixth Rhodes Scholar. She is the third Wofford student to be a Rhodes finalist in the past two years.
3.Offering the Wofford community a yearlong conversation about renewing the college’s commitment to the liberal arts, “Re: Thinking Education” sets the theme of the 2012-2013 academic year. Faculty co-chairs of this project are Dr. Dan Mathewson and Dr. Anne B. Rodrick
4. Dr. Charlie Bass, chemistry, is featured as one of America’s 300 best professors in a new guidebook from Princeton Review. Dr. Alliston Reid ’75, psychology, is South Carolina’s CASE/Carnegie Foundation Teacher of the Year, selected from among nominees representing the top professors across the United States.
5. As Mike Ayers celebrates his 25th season as the Terriers’ head football coach, Wofford shares the SoCon championship and advances to the quarterfinals of the NCAA FCS playoffs. Eric Breitenstein, now Wofford’s all-time leading career rusher, led the SoCon with 2,035 yards, the second highest rushing total in conference history.
6. Total enrollment for fall 2012 (including students abroad) exceeds 1600, passing a new milestone. For the first time ever, out-of-state students outnumber South Carolinians in the Wofford Class of 2016, which reports to the campus on Sept. 3.
7. The Montgomery Music Building is dedicated on May 1. Formerly the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the renovated building is named for Walter and Betty Montgomery; Rose Montgomery Johnson; and, their families in honor of leadership gifts to the project.
8. Wofford advances to the semifinal round of 16 top teams in the 2012 Americas’ regional of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in New York City. The competition involves 1,500 students representing more than 300 teams from the United States, Canada and Latin America.
9. The Department of Biology receives the exemplary program award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). The award was based on the transformation of the first-year curriculum with a new course, Biological Inquiry. About half of the students in each entering class at Wofford take this course.
10. The Goodall Environmental Studies Center wins an Exemplary Project Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Michael S. Brown Village Center, which opened in the fall of 2011, also was honored with a LEED Silver designation.
11. Whitney Sanders ’12 graduates from Wofford at the age of 17, having double-majored in computer science and mathematics. He becomes the youngest member-in-course to be elected to Wofford’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
12. Wofford is named a “Great College to Work For” for the second consecutive year. The results were based on a survey conducted for the Chronicle of Higher Education.