After nearly four decades of service to WVU and the state, associate professor William Arnett will retire from the Department of History in May.

The Department will hold a reception in honoring his career and service to the University on Friday, April 23 between 4 and 5:30 p.m., in the Mountaineer Room of the Mountainlair on the downtown campus. Faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends are invited to attend.

During his career at WVU, Bill Arnett developed a devoted student following for his classes on ancient Greece and Rome and King Tut’s Egypt as well as the modern Middle East. Inside and outside the classroom, Arnett always made students a priority. For many history majors, Arnett was the first face they associated with their degree and he typically was one of the last when he certified them for graduation.

He also had an exemplary record of outstanding public service. He regularly shared his expertise on the ancient world and the Middle East at the local and state levels, giving numerous lectures to churches and community groups as well as advocating for improving the state’s social studies curriculum.



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