After a 38-year career at Red Deer College, there was still one more distinction in store for Torben Andersen.
Andersen, RDC’s associate vice-president academic, university transition, was honoured this week as the institution’s first-ever professor emeritus, an honorary title given to a long-serving faculty member who is retiring.
“This special designation is reflective of Dr. Andersen’s outstanding record of teaching with the many students he taught, his scholarly contributions to economics, and his collaborative spirit and strategic leadership at the college,” says RDC president Peter Nunoda.
“I would like to thank Torben for his unwavering service to our students and to our institution’s pursuit of achieving university status.”
Andersen’s career began at RDC in 1982 as an economics professor, a role he held for 22 years. He held various other titles at the college, including chairperson of humanities and social sciences, dean of several schools and divisions, and interim vice-president academic.
He was most recently instrumental in helping prepare the college for its transition to a university. His emeritus status was announced during his virtual retirement on June 19.
“I am completely surprised, appreciative and humbled to receive this honour from RDC,” Andersen said.
“As I retire, I am delighted that I will be able to stay connected with my colleagues, the outstanding educators at RDC, who do so much for the students and communities of central Alberta.”