Professors announce retirements

Trine is bidding adieu to some of its most beloved professors. We’re pretty sure we’ll still see them on campus, though.

San Giacomo retiring after 46 years of service

Professor William “Bill” R. San Giacomo received the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus at the annual faculty recognition breakfast on commencement weekend. The oldest member of the Trine faculty, he is retiring after 46 years of service. Since coming to the university from New Jersey in 1966, he found not only a home, but a career that has allowed him to pursue his passions of teaching literature and theater, coaching golf and discovering new challenges. He has held roles in arts and sciences, business and athletics. In all of these, he has consistently exhibited professionalism and enthusiasm that has endeared him to students and faculty alike.

His numerous teaching awards and student evaluations have consistently ranked him as one of the most highly evaluated instructors on campus. He created the university’s golf management program by combining the assets of the Zollner Golf Course and the Ketner School of Business. The program’s acceptance rate, incredible retention rate and 100 percent placement rate are testaments to his extraordinary leadership. In his retirement, he plans to “keep it in the fairway.”

Bill Lipman takes Professor Emeritus title

Professor William Lipman received the distinguished title of Professor Emeritus at the annual faculty recognition breakfast on commencement weekend. Lipman is retiring an assistant professor in the Ketner School of Business, where he has been since 1999.

Throughout his time at the university, Lipman has provided a solid contribution to the lives of students and the community. He has been consistently ranked by students as one of the most highly evaluated instructors on campus and his classes have some of the highest enrollment numbers. He served as an award-wining advisor and board member to a variety of organizations, including Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Trine Christian Campus Fellowship, Delta Mu Delta. He also received Excellence in Teach Awards for Business in 2003 and 2008. Prior to Trine, he was president of Bob’s Sport Shop in Angola, the family retail business, for 31 years.

McNamara receives special merit

Michael J. McNamara is retiring and received special merit from the university at the annual faculty recognition breakfast on commencement weekend. Since coming to Trine in 2007 to serve as chair and assistant professor in the department of English and communication, he restructured the communication department, introduced 12 new classes and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award.

He worked in media over 30 years, beginning as an announcer with Armed Forces Radio/TV Network during the Vietnam War. He has been a TV news anchor, sports director, assignment editor, producer and play-by-play broadcaster, claiming the Associated Press’ Best Document of the Year Award along the way. In his time at the university, he has advised The Triangle student newspaper, announced at multiple sporting events and served as emcee at multiple special events and university fundraisers.

Pomeroy retiring after 40 years in the education field

Kathy Pomeroy is retiring after eight years of teaching in the Franks School of Education and nearly three decades of teaching in public schools in Texas, Colorado, California, Missouri and Indiana. She has received multiple teaching awards, including Trine’s Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching Award.

She has remained engaged with her students throughout her career and continues to serve as a mentor to former students. In her retirement she plans to explore the globe and other wonders of the world.



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