Thomas Nelson Community College bestowed the honor of Professor Emeritus on Dr. Roy Hyle. Thomas Nelson faculty receive this honorary title from the College Board based on nominations from colleagues and recommendations by the Appointments Advisory Committee.
An excerpt from one nomination letter reads, “His legacy lives on in both the geology and biology programs, where field-based studies are valued as importantly as lecture and labs sessions.”
Another colleague who nominated Hyle wrote, “One hallmark of Roy’s teaching approach was the opportunity he provided for students to experience the natural world by focusing on active learning in the field settings around coastal Virginia. In this capacity, Roy acquired a plethora of field sampling equipment available to student and faculty at Thomas Nelson.”
The College Board bestows professor emeritus status to honor faculty for their dedication, effectiveness and exemplary service to Thomas Nelson and its surrounding communities. Retired faculty who have at least 10 years of service with Virginia’s Community Colleges and have exhibited great leadership in teaching and in the community may be considered for this honorary title.
Emeritus status affords several privileges including the honor of leading the faculty in the academic procession during commencement; invitations to special events, concerts, presentations and lectures sponsored by the College; and full use of the College’s Learning Resources centers.
Hyle joined Thomas Nelson’s faculty in 1975 and retired in 2011. With service as Biology Department chair, Faculty Senate member, Science Club advisor and other leadership roles during his tenure, he was highly regarded as a mentor to colleagues and students as well. Hyle was instrumental in creating the College’s Marine Science program in the 70s, and developed many courses such as ecology and marine ecology.