Culver-Stockton College Professor Dr. Ron Stormer Retires after 25 Years on “The Hill.”


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Earlier this year  Dr. Ron Stormer, Professor of English at Culver-Stockton College, announced his retirement from full-time teaching.   The end of this year  marks his 26th year of college teaching, with 25 of those years here on “The Hill.”  Dr. Stormer is grateful for his time here at C-SC but is excited about retirement. The Wildcat Wire spent some time recently with Dr. Stormer.

How many years have you been a professor and how many of those years were at Culver-Stockton?

“As a college professor 26 years, and 25 of them were here on The Hill.”


Was teaching your first choice?

“No. When I was five years old I wanted to be a cowboy like every other boy in my generation. Obviously, that did not work out.”


What inspired you to become a professor?

“Having the opportunity to work with older students and teaching the subject area that I like best, which is literature, especially poetry.”


What will you miss most after you retire?

“Some of the people that I have worked with over the years, including the students. I will not miss my commute though.”


What was your favorite part about being an English professor at Culver-Stockton?

“Teaching the courses and literary works that I really love.”


Did you have a favorite course that you taught?

“Generally speaking, probably the creative writing courses but I did enjoy the literature courses too.”


Is there anything you would like to let the professor that is taking over your position know?

“First of all, he is getting the best office on campus, a corner office with a wonderful view. Secondly, he will be working with two wonderful colleagues.”


What are you most excited about with retirement?

“Being able to do whatever I feel like doing.”


What’s been one of your proudest moments while being a professor?

“Well, it has not been one single moment. I would say it has been a combination of working with some of my advisees who have gone on to do graduate work and seeing them get into fields of work that they really enjoy doing.”


Is there any advice you could give someone who is just starting out?

“Go into a field of work that you really enjoy doing and think less about the money. Just go into whatever you think you will truly enjoy doing.”


What was your favorite memory here?

“I cannot just pick out one, there has been too many.”

The Wildcat Wire would like to congratulate Dr. Stormer on his retirement, wish him the best of luck in his future, and thank him for his many years of service here on The Hill. On April 16, 2019, Culver-Stockton College will be hosting a retirement reception for Dr. Stormer and retiring Professor of Mathematics Dr. Gary Cochell at 3:00- 4:30 p.m. in the Lab. Please feel free to come to wish both professors all the best in their retirement.