Commencement is not only a celebration of student accomplishments. It’s also an opportunity to honor Regent University’s faculty and staff members for their contribution to the graduates’ success.
The Chancellor Award is given annually to an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies a profound commitment to Regent’s mission and students. This year’s recipient is Dr. Glenn Koonce, an associate professor and program chair within the university’s School of Education.
The award presentation was part of Regent’s 42nd Commencement Ceremony. Dr. William L. Hathaway, executive vice president for Academic Affairs, made the announcement and highlighted Dr. Koonce’s strong record of excellence.
“He has contributed to the university in numerous leadership capacities,” Hathaway explained. “Dr. Koonce regularly receives outstanding teaching reviews from his students. They praise him for his grace, wisdom, and passion for training educational leaders for success and Christlikeness. As one student wrote, ‘Dr. Koonce is a leader I aspire to be like.’”
Koonce joined the Regent faculty in 2003, bringing with him a proven record of leadership as a combat squad leader with the 1st Air Cavalry Division during the Vietnam conflict. Koonce served in public education for almost 30 years, including as principal for multiple Hampton Roads-area schools and as a health and physical education teacher.
When asked to share his thoughts on what it means professionally and personally to be recognized with this prestigious award, Dr. Koonce told Impact: “I can’t think of a more humbling experience here at Regent than to be recognized for excellence by Dr. Robertson. I hope that, through my work, I have enhanced the Regent University mission and goals for my students as they prepare to be school principals and superintendents.”
Koonce added, “With my colleagues in the School of Education, we prepare Christian leaders who will profoundly impact the greater society. Our graduates are servant leaders on the front line and must lead with the heart, putting people first while at the same time providing strategic leadership for student success.”