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Gene Chase is greeted by colleagues at his retirement reception

A reception sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences recently honored Gene Chase, professor of mathematics and computer science, for 34 years of service to Messiah College.

Retiring professor hailed as a role-model in the classroom and beyond

Among those honored at this year’s Employee Service Awards banquet was Gene Chase, who is retiring after 34 years as professor of mathematics and computer science at Messiah College. Chase, who developed the computer science major at the College, is known for his innovative teaching style and welcoming demeanor. Scott Drinnan ’81, who currently works for a consulting firm that specializes in problem-solving and decision-making processes, credits Chase with helping to shape his career. “Dr. Chase exemplified hard work, diligence, dedication, patience, enthusiasm, and a faith-based life in a way that influenced my educational experience at Messiah and set the course for my professional and personal life,” says Drinnan.    

In addition to Chase, other faculty retirements include Joseph Sheldon, professor of biology and environmental science; Kenneth Eshleman, associate professor of politics; Stephen Cobb, professor of sociology; Kay Huber, associate professor of nursing and director of the Wellness Center; J. Barry DeRoos, associate professor of computer science and chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; and Paul Nisly, professor of English.

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Lynda Bauer

Lynda Bauer

Production Coordinator/Assistant to the Director of Publications

  Gene Chase

Gene B. Chase

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Stephen Cobb

Stephen G. Cobb

Professor of Sociology

  Barry DeRoos

J. Barry DeRoos

Associate Professor of Computer Science; Chair, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Kay Dunwoody

Kay Dunwoody

Assistant, College Honors Program; Department of Communication and Department of Politics

  Ken Eshleman

Kenneth L. Eshleman

Associate Professor of Politics




William Hitchens

Campus Events


Kay Huber

Kay L. Huber

Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of Wellness Center

Paul Nisly

Paul W. Nisly

Professor of English

  Glen Raser

Glen Raser

Senior Advisor, Institutional Finance

Joseph Sheldon

Joseph K. Sheldon

Professor of Biology and Environmental Science



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