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McMurry University’s Dr. Rob Sledge

By Floyd Miller



McMurry University’s Dr. Rob Sledge honored by Alpha Chi National Honor Society ABILENE, Texas – Dr. Rob Sledge, historian-in-residence and professor emeritus at McMurry University, has been chosen to receive the 2009 Alpha Chi Distinguished Alumnus Award. {{more}} Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Dr. Sledge, one of Alpha Chi’s most influential leaders, will be presented the award at the national convention in Indianapolis April 2-4, 2009, when he will speak to the delegates about the history of Alpha Chi. Dr. Sledge served on the National Council for 24 years, including terms as president in 1983-87 and 1991-99. Since then he has served the appointive office of archivist. The society honored him in 2004 by creating the Sledge Fellowship. In 1997, marking the society’s diamond anniversary, the National Council published Scholarship and Character: Seventy-Five Years of Alpha Chi, a 233-page book Dr. Sledge was commissioned to write. Dr. Sledge was inducted into the Texas Alpha chapter of Alpha Chi in 1951 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, coincidentally the site of the 1922 organizational meeting of the society that would later take the name Alpha Chi. He earned his B.D. from Southern Methodist University and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. At McMurry, he was a sponsor of the Texas Upsilon chapter for many years in addition to his regional and national roles. On the National Council he also served as vice president and secretary. Active in retirement, Sledge published two books of history in 2005 and is now writing a two-volume history of Abilene and a Civil War history.

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