Cedarville Dean and Professor to Retire

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—After a combined total of 75 years of service to Cedarville University, Dr. Dwayne Frank and Dr. Dan Wetzel are stepping down from their full-time positions in May. Frank, professor of education, and Wetzel, dean of the School of Engineering, Nursing, and Science and professor of physics and mathematics, were honored with receptions and a special ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 30. Frank is retiring after 35 years of service. In addition to his role as professor of education, he coordinates the University`s English-teaching program in China and a student English-teaching team at the Dayton Chinese Church. He also advises the campus chapter of the College Republicans club. His other responsibilities at Cedarville have included serving on the Missions Involvement Services (MIS) and secondary education committees and chairing both the faculty committee to the president and the Educational Resources and Assistance Program for China (ERAP). Frank is a member of the Greene County Board of Education, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Christian Educators Association International (CEAI), and Phi Delta Kappa. He frequently conducts workshops for groups such as Clark County Schools mentoring teams, English professors at the Peoples University of China, and secondary teachers in Bentonville, Ark. He often makes presentations to churches, schools, and groups about China, particularly concerning Chinese Christianity and the Cedarville English-teaching program in China. Frank holds a B.A. in social science from Cedarville, a B.S.Ed. from Central State University, a M.A.T. from Albertson College, and the Ed.D. from the University of Idaho. He has done additional graduate work at Oregon State University and Wright State University. He and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Cedarville. Wetzel came to Cedarville 40 years ago as a professor of physics and mathematics. He became the chair of the department of science and mathematics in 1989 and served in that capacity until he was promoted to dean in 1998. He received the Cedarville College Distinguished Service Award in 1992 and was chosen Faculty Member of the Year in 1997. During his service at Cedarville, Wetzel has served on a number of committees, including ones on Summer School, testing, athletics, and education policies. He has chaired the engineering feasibility committee; the Engineering, Nursing, Science Center task team; the tenure committee; and the athletic conference eligibility committee. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physics Society, Sigma Xi, Creation Research Society, and Society of Engineering Education. Wetzel received his B.S. in physics and mathematics from Morehead State University, his M.S. in nuclear engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Phyllis, reside in Cedarville. Both Frank and Wetzel will continue serving Cedarville University in part-time capacities. -30-