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Dr. Joe Cash named Professor Emeritus

Dr. Joe Cash named Professor Emeritus

Dr. Joe Cash Receiving Award

Dr. Joe Cash, retired chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at McNeese State University, was recently honored by the university with Professor Emeritus status. Emeritus status is specifically granted to honor retired faculty and administrators who have made distinguishing professional contributions and have served significant portions of their careers at McNeese. In 1972, Cash joined the faculty of McNeese where he provided 38 years of outstanding service to the university as a faculty member and department chair (23 years) until his retirement in July 2010. At the presentation are, from left, Dr. Ray Miles, dean of the college of liberal arts, Dr. Scott Goins, professor of classics, Dr. Cash, McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams and Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Jeanne Daboval. McNeese Photo

Dr. Joe Cash, retired chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at McNeese State University, was recently honored by the university with Professor Emeritus status.
A native of Knox City, Texas, Cash received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Abilene Christian University and both his Master of Arts and doctorate degrees in English from Texas Tech University.
           
In 1972, Cash joined the faculty of McNeese where he provided 38 years of outstanding service to the university as a faculty member and department chair (23 years) until his retirement in July 2010. He taught English and comparative literature, with a specialization in 19th and 20th century British literature.
He and his wife, Lydia, recently established the Joe and Lydia Cash Endowed Lecture in Literature and Culture series with a $10,000 gift through the McNeese Foundation to fund an annual lecture series on literature.
           
Prior to his career at McNeese, he taught 10 years in Texas at Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech, Abilene Christian and in Lubbock public schools.
           
Cash was also passionate about the arts and historic preservation within the community, serving as president of the Calcasieu Preservation Society and president of the Louisiana Preservation Alliance. He is a board member of the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Calcasieu Preservation Society Landmarks Committee and has served as chair of the Charpentier Historic District Review Committee as well as a board member and gallery co-chair of Art Associates of Lake Charles. He was also named the 2007 Arts Educator of the Year by the Mayor's Office.

Emeritus status is specifically granted to honor retired faculty and administrators who have made distinguishing professional contributions and have served significant portions of their careers at McNeese. Only a select few receive this recognition for their service to the university.