Glenn Barnett completed a Master of Science and Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, and a post-doctoral fellowship in genetics at the University of California at Irvine. He arrived at Central in 1993. Barnett was impressed by Central’s study abroad programs and spent two semesters teaching in Merida. He has served as chair of the biology and chemistry departments and as an adviser to many pre-health programs.
Anne Petrie has shared her love of music and languages with Central students for more than 30 years. The self-described “language geek” was determined to “be comfortable in the Big 4 languages” by the time she completed her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma, and today her CV lists competency in Italian and Russian and proficiency in German and French as a native English speaker. At Central, she has taught music fundamentals and appreciation to majors and non-majors; coached musical theater students; stage-directed opera workshops; and performed frequent recitals.
Alan Chadwick “Chad” Ray wrote his dissertation on Plato’s metaphysics and earned a Ph.D. at Northwestern University in 1976. Since 2002, Ray has held the endowed Dr. Jacob and Gela Schnucker Sessler Chair in Philosophy and Religion, which especially honors teaching. Throughout his 41-year academic career, Ray has published in journals of thought, presented at regional conferences of the American Philosophical Association and served as president of the Iowa Philosophical Society. One of his biggest achievements came through institutional service when Ray chaired the self-study committee during the last North Central Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.