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Annual Convocation features address by Robert J. Reveley ’65 and awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service

At its Annual Convocation held August 29, Muskingum College faculty, staff and students heard an address by alumnus Robert J. Reveley ’65 and  recognized three of its faculty members for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

REVELEYMr. Reveley manages Norsca Realty in Palm Beach, Florida, and serves as chairman of the American Cancer Society there.  In his address, he told the students, “I came to Muskingum as a blank slate, and enjoyed some of my most important growth here.  You, the class of 2010, can raise the bar of your personal achievements and make some of your most important life choices here.”

A New Jersey native, Mr. Reveley graduated from Muskingum with a bachelor of science in mathematics. He joined the Peace Corps, becoming a member of their first class to serve in impoverished urban environments.  Assigned to Kingston, Jamaica, he taught physical education, coaching techniques, and literacy at a YMCA-sponsored Boys Town.

Mr. Reveley went on to earn his master of business administration from Columbia University in 1969.  He began his business career with RCA, later joining Touche Ross & Co. as a management consultant.  In 1977, he founded an independent realty firm and began developing New York City brownstone condominiums.

In 1986, he developed the $250-million John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the City University of New York (CUNY).  Through this project, he pioneered innovative methods of capital structuring within the commercial real estate industry – enabling a multitude of organizations to advance their missions with new facilities that would not otherwise have been possible, and adding significant value to local, regional and national economies.

As a patron of the arts, Mr. Reveley’s keen insight led him to select then-unknown Rafael Vinoly as the architect for John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  The project launched Vinoly’s United States career, leading to international recognition and commissions for performing arts centers, museums, major university academic buildings, and convention centers, including the Tokyo International Forum, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the world’s largest green building, Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Mr. Reveley and his wife, Julie, produced an off-Broadway play, Lily Dale, by Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning playwright Horton Foote.  It opened to critical acclaim and was named one of 1986’s top ten shows by New York Times Theatre Critic Clive Barnes.

AWARD WINNERSThe awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service were presented by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Paul F. Reichardt.

The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Professor of Education Dr. Linda E. Morrow.  This award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University and The Ohio State University.


Dr. Morrow joined the faculty in 1988. She earned his bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University.

The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship was granted to Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jane K. Varley.  This award is named for an alumnus who was a renowned scholar, educator and the founder and first president of the University of Chicago.

Dr. Varley joined the faculty in 2000. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Idaho and her doctorate from the University of North Dakota.

The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was bestowed upon Associate Professor of French Dr. Jean A. Morris.  It is named in honor of a Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the college with devotion and distinction for four decades.

Dr. Morris joined the faculty in 1994. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and her doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   

In the photos: Robert J. Reveley '65 gives the Annual Convocation address. Award recipients Dr. Linda Morrow, Dr. Jean Morris and Dr. Jane Varley.