Garrick GreenA professor recently recognized among “Faculty of Distinction” sees the award as a recognition not so much of himself, but of the entire automotive restoration program at McPherson College.

Garrick Green, associate professor of technology at McPherson College, received the award from the Kansas Independent Colleges Association. Green has been the chair of the automotive restoration department for 11 years out of the program’s 40-year history.

“It’s always nice to have that pat on the back,” he said. “But working hard and being part of a good team like we have in auto restoration is its own reward.”’

The KICA award recognizes the excellence and achievement of faculty members at each of the 19 private colleges and universities across the state. They are chosen as outstanding examples of professors who stress the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention for every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning.

Dr. Bruce Clary, vice president for academic affairs, said that Green is an outstanding chair of the automotive restoration department. Students praise Green for his teaching, Clary said, and have respect for the high standards he sets out for them.

“It is no coincidence that the reputation of the automotive restoration program has grown rapidly and exponentially under his leadership,” Clary said. “But more importantly for our students, Garrick consistently offers a high-quality classroom experience day after day.”

Green has stood out as a leader in the college’s entrepreneurship initiative. Last year, he was named to the college’s Horizon Faculty Fellows program – which provides support, mentorship and education for MC professors to incorporate entrepreneurship into an existing class or start a new entrepreneurial course. He’s also been a pioneer in using 3-D printing as a tool in restoring antique and classic cars. Green received the “2015 Teaching Award for Tenured Faculty” at McPherson College – recognizing excellence in the classroom.

Read more about the Faculty of Distinction awards here.