Professor Thomas W. Porter was presented with a Faculty Certificate of Appreciation
at the Society of Alumni Fall Workshop on Friday, September 7, 2012. The award was
presented by Robert Lambeth ’71, chair of the Society of Alumni’s Awards Committee.
Porter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Master of Arts and
Ph.D. in British History from Northern Illinois University.
Porter joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 1974. In addition to his
duties as professor of history, he held many administrative positions during his
38-year tenure at the college. Porter served as acting dean of the college, associate
dean of the college, dean of institutional planning, chair of the college’s strategic
planning committee, director of the Asian Studies program, and chair of the History
Porter’s areas of specialty include Nineteenth Century Britain (Chartism & Ernest
Jones), and Modern China. A partial list of his accomplishments includes the following:
He participated in a Fulbright Summer Seminar in China; he received the Samuel Nelson
Gray Distinguished Professor Award; he was a Danforth Associate; he attended the
Conference on British Studies Society for the Study of Labor History; and he served
as President of the Randolph-Macon Chapter of the American Association of University
Porter’s sense of humor is legendary. In the past, he has teamed up with faculty
emeriti George Oliver and James Scanlon to keep R-MC students on their toes. During
the recent retirement luncheon where he was recognized for his many years of service
to the college, he donned an array of hats depicting the many roles he has held
over the years.
Randolph-Macon College thanks Porter for the positive impact he has had on countless
students, and for his unflagging service to the college.