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20 Questions with assistant vice president for diversity and associate professor of education J.H. Atkins


July 21, 2011
JH Atkins J.H. Atkins, assistant vice president for diversity and associate
professor of education.
1. Position at Centre?
Assistant Vice–President for Diversity and Associate Professor of Education

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Lexington, Ky., and Fredericksburg, Va. — both small-town USA.

3. What are your hobbies?
Spoiling grandkids and walking.

4. What is your dream vacation?
A month in Australia and New Zealand.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
“The School Escort” by Norman Rockwell.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
“What Manner of Man” by Sidney Poitier and “I, Too, Sing America” By Langston Hughes.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
A tie between football and baseball.

8. Favorite TV show?
Westerns and all the black-and-white reruns.

9. Favorite album?
Anything by the Temptations.

10. Favorite holiday?
Christmas (without all the commercialism).

11. Favorite food?
Chili.

12. Most prized possession?
My family and my friends.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Dr. Henry Chaney, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maya Angelou.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Working with all of the students.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Project Upward Bound at Kentucky State University.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Something in the field of education — or fulfilling my childhood dream of selling used cars.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
The lessons learned from days and nights spent with the leaders and members of Boy Scout Troop 359.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Superman.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Norton Center, for all of the diversified programming that it provides for our community!

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Honor the “three to one rule”: three hours of preparation out of class for each hour spent in class each week!



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