For release: Sept. 5, 2012News and Media Relations contact: Randy Weiler, 615-898-5616, 615-785-1196 or Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu
MURFREESBORO — Dr. Bud Fischer appeared somewhat surprised by the turnout of MTSU faculty, staff, administrators and guests for a welcoming celebration held in his honor Sept. 5 in the Tom H. Jackson Building.
“Yes,” he said emphatically, acknowledging an onlooker’s comment about it being quite a turnout in Cantrell Hall.
“We’re honored and excited about Bud’s presence at MTSU,” Provost Brad Bartel shared during welcoming remarks. “He has a great personality. He has incredible knowledge. He’s a wonderful addition to our university.”
Fischer, who joined MTSU after being biology department chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, shook many hands and exchanged lots of hearty laughs with people for 90 minutes.
“I like being on campus a ton,” Fischer said. “This university has everything. Here, students can walk across campus to (Floyd) Stadium. … Everybody has been incredibly nice. I hope to be here a long time and develop great relationships. Feel free to come and talk to me. My door’s open.”
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee led a number of key administrators who took time out of their day to attend the function.
“He has a heart working with students and faculty,” McPhee said of Fischer. “He knows the university cares for its employees. I look forward to a long, long relationship.”
McPhee shared with the audience a story of Fischer’s commitment as he joined campus officials at a lengthy Murfreesboro City Council meeting when citizens were opposed to the lengthening of the runway at Murfreesboro Airport.
“He was the new dean. He was patient. He stayed until the end,” McPhee said.
MTSU’s aerospace department has its Flight Operations Center at the airport. Aerospace is one of 10 departments in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.
Among visitors attending the event were Margaret and Dan Scott and Raul Regalado. The Scotts are former faculty members: Margaret Scott retired as a librarian; Dan Scott retired as a chemistry faculty member and former department chair. Regalado serves on the Aerospace Advisory Board and recently started his own consulting firm in Nashville after retiring as president and CEO of the Nashville Airport Authority.
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Dan, left, and Margaret Scott visit with new College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer at the welcoming event for the new administrator Sept. 5 in the Tom H. Jackson Building. Both of the Scotts are retired faculty: Dan was a member of the chemistry department faculty and former chair; Margaret was a librarian. (Photo by MTSU News and Media Relations)
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Department of Physics and Astronomy Chair Ron Henderson, left, and College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer share a laugh during the event to welcome the new leader on Sept. 5. (Photo by MTSU News and Media Relations)
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College of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Bud Fischer, left, chemistry professor Mari Weller and University Honors College Dean John Vile visit during the event to welcome the new dean on Sept. 5 in the Tom H. Jackson Building. (Photo by MTSU News and Media Relations)
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