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A Job Well Done: Honoring Retiring Professors

by Lauren McGuire, Student Public Relations Writer

On Thursday, April 15, Cedarville University will honor four retiring faculty during its 10 a.m. chapel.

Faculty to be recognized include Dr. Dennis Flentge, senior professor of chemistry; Mark Klimek, associate professor of nursing; Dr. Bill Ragle, professor of finance; and Linda Cave, assistant professor of nursing.

Flentge started at the university in 1980. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and has conducted research at the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has taught courses like General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Astronomy, Principles of Chemistry and was the department chair of science and mathematics for 19 years.

In 1980, Kilmek participated in Cedarville’s feasibility study to determine the shape and scope of a nursing program. In the fall of 1983, Klimek was hired as one of the first faculty members to help create a foundation for the new nursing curriculum. During his time at Cedarville, Kilmek became known nationally for his National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review resources.

Ragle began at Cedarville in 1995. Prior to arriving on campus, he worked for several years as a financial analyst for Texas Instruments (TI), managing the financial reporting function for several large Army and Air Force contracts. Before TI, he owned and operated his own construction company. Ragle’s academic research has appeared in various publications, including The Journal of Financial and Economic Practice, The Journal of Research in Finance, and Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly.

Cave began in 1989. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She has spoken on fertility issues in Cedarville Chapel, on post-operative care at Greene Memorial Hospital for a nurse in-service, and on newborn assessment and care at delivery at Huntsville Memorial Hospital Perinatal Unity in Huntsville, Texas. 

Connie Ford is also being recognized. She is a former nursing faculty member who is now a nurse practitioner at University Medical Services (UMS). Ford received her Master of Science in Nursing and certified nurse practitioner training (CNP) from Wright State University. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,550 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit


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