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BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2017 – Simeon Pickard, Ph.D., professor, and chair of Chemistry
Department at King University, has been named the Dr. Edward W. Burke, Jr., Professor
in Natural Sciences. The professorship was founded in 2014 as a way to memorialize
the lasting achievements of Ed Burke, long-time faculty member and acclaimed physicist/astronomer
at King, and to honor the commitment of a current natural sciences faculty member
who continues in the same tradition of excellence in teaching, advising, and scholarship
“It is my pleasure to announce the newest faculty recipient of the distinguished Dr.
Edward W. Burke, Jr., Professor in Natural Sciences is Dr. Simeon Taylor Pickard,
Professor of Chemistry,” said Matt Roberts, Ed.D., vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Dr. Pickard was chosen by a committee of his peers who recognize Simeon as someone
fully dedicated to the mission and vision of King, and more importantly, as a professor
who is absolutely committed to the success and transformation of the students at King.”
Dr. Pickard earned a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry at Western
Kentucky University. He completed his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Vanderbilt University
graduating in 1991. After a year of post-doctoral teaching and research at the University
of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, he came to King College in 1992.
In 1997, Pickard became chair of the Chemistry Department and quickly developed a
reputation for mentoring junior professors. Simeon describes himself as a dream enabler
for students as he works with them in both General and Organic Chemistry. His goal
is always to help students discover their true identities and what they want to be—whether
that means a career in science or a health profession, or following another calling.
“In the manner of Dr. Burke who tirelessly gave his time, energy and resources to
King, Dr. Pickard has provided expert and essential service to King. He not only teaches
his students chemistry, but he also prays for them and their success,” said Roberts.
“He can be found every day at lunch in the dining hall eating with students, faculty,
or staff, and he welcomes anyone to join him. Good teaching is his passion, and interacting
with students gives him great joy and satisfaction.”
“Dr. Burke was a friend of mine. We ate lunch together once a week most every week
for about 15-16 years. [The award] is an honor, and it’s a chance for me to honor
Dr. Burke,” said Pickard. “This is a great way to perpetuate [Dr. Burke’s] memory.
The award is designed to promote student participation, advancement, and progress
in the natural sciences, particularly focused on student research. I plan to sit down
with the science faculty to determine what the best way is to use the [award] to promote
Active at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Pickard serves there as Sunday school teacher,
chairman of the Board of Deacons, and church treasurer.
King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in
1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional
degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health
sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business
administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning
opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA
Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University
is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV
certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community
College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.