Professor elected Malicky Chair


Within the BW community, there are many individuals who are known for making a lasting impact on students and faculty alike. Whether it be for excellence in teaching, advising, or service to the community, these people exemplify what it means to be a Yellow Jacket.

To recognize and celebrate these people, former Baldwin Wallace President Neil Malicky created a prestigious position known as the Malicky Chair. Given to a senior faculty member, it recognizes excellent work done within the Humanities. The faculty member is elected by his or her co-workers in the Humanities departments, and they keep the position until they retire.

The newest Malicky chair is Dr. Stephen Hollender, professor of German.

According to Dr. Susan Oldrieve, Associate Dean of Humanities at BW, Hollender is the third recipient of the title previously held by Dr. Harold Cole in Art History and Dr. David Williamson in Art.

Dr. Hollender’s teaching and advising skills have contributed to his election as Malicky Chair. Students and faculty alike regard him as hardworking and dedicated. He has certainly forged strong relationships during his time here at BW. His election to this position comes as an impressive finale to 29 years of teaching—he will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

“I am sincerely heartened by this decision of my colleagues to elect me the next Malicky Chair,” Hollender said, “It’s really nice to know that as you grow older, you’re still making a lasting impact on your co-workers and students. It makes you feel really appreciated.”

While he will only be holding the title for a short time, Hollender said he will make the most of it while he’s still here. For him, it’s the knowledge that he is doing great things for BW that matters, not the length of time that he holds the title.

He went on to say that this award especially means a lot coming from a man he greatly admired: “President Malicky made a lasting impression on the Baldwin Wallace community, and I like having a title with his name attached to it,” said Hollender. “It feels very honorable.”