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Posted by: Steve Kimmel

Shown above are the winners of the Female, Male and Professor of the Year at Huntington University. Pictured from left, are Callie McKeown, who was named Female Forester of the Year, Micah McFadden, Male Forester of the Year and Ann McPherren, 2023 Professor of the Year.

The 52nd annual Huntington University Forester Night celebrated the accomplishments of students from across campus and recognized the Male and Female Foresters of the Year and the 2023 Professor of the Year. The event was held April 18.

Micah McFadden, a film production major from Minooka, Illinois, was named Male Forester of the Year.

“To be named Forester of the Year is a huge honor and means the world that the student body would choose me,” said McFadden. “I have been very blessed by my friendships and relationships at Huntington and am beyond grateful for the award.”

After graduation, McFadden is headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, to be a full-time commercial and film editor.

Callie McKeown, a film production major from Holly Hill, Florida, was named Female Forester of the Year.

“I moved over a thousand miles away from my home, support system, and warm climate to join the Forester Family. I was looking for a fresh start and a place to grow and discover who I could be on my own,” said McKeown. “Huntington has provided me with an incredibly nurturing environment to excel in the classroom, grow in my faith, and learn to love others in the way Jesus loves me. This community has shaped me in ways I never thought possible. I know how much Huntington has completely changed my life, which makes me so honored to be given this opportunity to represent the amazing women of the Class of 2023.”

The 2023 Professor of the Year award was given to Dr. Ann McPherren, professor of business and economics and assistant to the President for program development. McPherren returned to her alma mater in 1981 and has since served the University in various academic and administrative endeavors, including as department and division head, vice president for strategy, vice president for graduate and professional programs and interim university president. McPherren has been instrumental in the launch of several academic initiatives, including HU’s first doctoral program (occupational therapy) and its expansion to Peoria, Arizona.

“When you are a teacher, you are surrounded by hopes and dreams,” said McPherren. “That’s enough for me, but this recognition by students in my 42nd year is a real encouragement. It’s put a little more pep in my step.”