Hodges University has appointed Dr. Gene Landrum Professor Emeritus status. Landrum, who will retire at the end of the current term after serving as a faculty member of the Kenneth Oscar Johnson School of Business administration program at Hodges since 1995, was recognized at a special gathering of Hodges staff, faculty and former students. Landrum is the first Hodges faculty member to be appointed Professor Emeritus.
The title of Professor Emeritus status is bestowed upon an eligible individual of the University who has provided meritorious service to the University as demonstrated by significant contributions in teaching, administrative leadership, research, or community service.
According to Dr. Jeanette Brock, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hodges, Landrum’s nomination and appointment was unanimously approved. “Dr. Landrum is the perfect candidate to be our first Professor Emeritus,” she said. “His nomination met with unanimous support from our Academic committee as well as the Board of Trustees. He exemplifies what a Professor Emeritus should be and has demonstrated excellence in the classroom for years. We’re very proud of his accomplishments and all that he has done for the many students he has taught over the years at Hodges.”
Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University, agrees. “Many students tell us how engaging Dr. Landrum’s classes can be,” he said. “His students learn to think on their feet and to deal with theory in respect to its impact on real world problems. During his many years as an entrepreneur, Gene gained first-hand insight that he has imparted to his students. He’s been able to deliver in the classroom because he is so dynamic, and he practices what he preaches. He will remain an inspiration for teachers and students at Hodges for many years to come.”
Though retiring from full-time teaching assignments, Landrum will teach an occasional course and offer special presentations to students at Hodges.
As a businessman he launched five successful ventures, most notably the Chuck E. Cheese concept of family entertainment. That experience plus a doctorate dissertation on the innovative personality has led to thirteen books on the innovative process. Landrum sits on a number of Boards and lectures extensively on visionary leadership and change.