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February 2013


Dear Abbot Pennings,

Which current faculty member has been teaching at St. Norbert the longest?

Kathleen McKitrick ’11 


My dearest Kathleen,

Thank you for your most interesting inquiry!

After careful consultation of records, I share with you and my readers that the faculty member with the longest tenure at our beloved college is none other than F. William Bohné (Art). Bill has instructed St. Norbert students since 1965, for a remarkable 47-year career on campus.

Coming in a close second is Eliot Elfner (Business Administration). “Elf,” as his friends on campus refer to him, has been teaching at the college since 1971. 

My research also revealed several other faculty members who began their careers at St. Norbert in the 1970s, and who continue to enrich the lives of students today. I am delighted to highlight them here:

  • Dave Pankratz (Computer Science), 1974
  • Sandy Odorzynski (Economics), 1978
  • Wayne Patterson (History), 1977
  • Larry Thorsen (Mathematics), 1979
  • Dave Wegge (Political Science), 1979
Their commitment to this place over time truly embodies the Norbertine spirit. 

Responses to “Ask the Abbot” questions are penned by St. Norbert College staff in the name of Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., who founded St. Norbert College in 1898.
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