Dr. James Forsythe, vice provost of academic affairs and dean of graduate studies and research, is retiring from Fort Hays State University effective Dec. 10, 1999, after over 36 years of service.
A retirement reception in honor of Forsythe was held on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall.
Forsythe began his work at FHSU in 1963 as an assistant professor of history. In 1968, he became an associate professor and in 1971, a professor. From 1975 to 1981 he served as chair of the Department of History. He became the dean of the Graduate School in 1981 and added the position of vice provost of academic affairs in 1993.
He received a bachelor of science degree in history in 1960 and his master's degree in history with a minor in economics in 1962. Both degrees were from North Texas State University. In 1971, he received his Ph.D. in history with a minor in economics from the University of New Mexico.
In 1977, Forsythe wrote, "The first 75 years: A History of Fort Hays State University." He is currently working on making major revisions to update the book.
Forsythe said his time at FHSU has taught him many important lessons.
"I have learned the importance of teamwork, maintaining open communication and appreciating the views of everyone," Forsythe said. "I will miss the interaction with students as well as the faculty, staff and administrators."
Although he will miss the faces of FHSU, he is anticipating spending more time with his family.
"I am looking forward to retirement," Forsythe said. "I will be able to spend more time with my wonderful wife and it will be an opportunity to see my children and grandchildren more."