CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A political science and law assistant professor at Fairmont State University has been named the 2012 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation.
Gregory P. Noone, who has been the director of the National Security and Intelligence Program at Fairmont State since 2007, received the award at a ceremony at the state Culture Center Tuesday night. He was the runner-up for the award in 2011.
"Dr. Noone initiated the process to establish the National Security and Intelligence Program, as well as the invaluable practical experience that students would gain from such a program. Through Dr. Noone's encouragement, this program was established and an Open Source Information Exchange lab was developed in conjunction with the major," Fairmont State President Maria Rose said in a news release.
The lab has provided Fairmont State University students with the opportunity to assist the United States government intelligence community, according to the release.
"It was only through Dr. Noone's foresight that such an innovative program was established," Rose said.
The runner-up was Kenneth H. Yount, a professor of political science and history at Alderson-Broaddus College. Other finalists were Daniel Holbrook, an associate professor of history at Marshall University; Dr. Gregory Juckett, a professor of family medicine and WVU Health Service physician at West Virginia University; and Bryan Raudenbush, a professor of psychology at Wheeling Jesuit University.The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia each year honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. The award winner receives a $10,000 cash prize, with smaller awards to the other finalists. The Professor of the Year award is presented with financial support from United Bank.