Former Potomac State faculty members approved for emeriti status

Willa Louise Cather, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English and Fred W. Jacoby, Professor Emeritus of Journalism were recently approved for the designation of emeriti status at Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

Dr. Cather began teaching English at Potomac State in 1966 and remained there until 1985, at which time she accepted a position with government agencies in Washington, D.C. and the National Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md. as an education training specialist.  She also served as an English instructor at Lord Fairfax Community College, James Madison University and at Shepherd University.  She returned to teach English at Potomac State in 2002 where she remained until her retirement in July 2008. 

Willa Louise Cather Fred Jacoby
Willa Louise Cather Fred W. Jacoby

Dr. Cather previously served as the Humanities Coordinator, co-authored “Writing Across the Curriculum” and authored “Portrait of Dr. Louise McNeill Pease: West Virginia Educator.” 

She was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award at Lord Fairfax Community College and received the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award from Potomac State. 

Other recognitions include: Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa National Teachers’ Honorary, Kappa Delta Pi National and Professional Educational Honorary, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who of American Women, Outstanding Educator of America, and Outstanding Young Women of America. 

Dr. Cather also serves as the director of the Willa Cather Historical Preservation Council, which recognizes and honors the accomplishments of one of America’s most accomplished authors, Willa Cather, who is Dr. Cather’s aunt, for whom she was named.

Professor Fred Jacoby, who retired in Spring 2015, spent 31 years teaching various classes in journalism, reporting, editing, public speaking, and English composition to thousands of students during his time at the College.

He also served as the advisor to the College newspaper, the “Pasquino” as well as the division chair for the Liberal Arts Division.  Jacoby is very active in his community playing percussion in various bands and performing in community theater productions. 

He had this to say at the time of his retirement, “I’ll miss my colleagues; we have wonderful faculty and staff here at the College.  I’ll also miss my students, who taught me as I taught them. It’s been a wonderful 31 years!” 

Emeriti status is an honor bestowed by the College to show respect for an individual’s distinguished career.