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Chief marshal Taulbee to pass the torch to Patterson

Emory Report | May 2, 2012

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Larry Taulbee leading the procession during the 2011 Commencement ceremony. Emory Photo/Video.

After more than a quarter-century of dedicated service as a faculty marshal, deputy university marshal, and then as chief marshal of the University, J. Larry Taulbee, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, will retire later this year and step down from that office at the end of Commencement 2012.

Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson, professor of pedagogy in the Department of Religion, has accepted the position of chief marshal of the University for the next three years. Her charge will begin with Convocation 2012, and end with Commencement 2015.

"We extend our gratitude and hearty congratulations to Dr. Taulbee for his excellent work and unwavering commitment," says Rosemary Magee, vice president and secretary of the University, "and we offer our deep thanks and congratulations to Dr. Patterson for her continuing dedication to Emory."

While primarily a ceremonial role, the chief marshal participates in all formal academic university functions. The person chosen to assume the responsibilities of chief marshal conveys the solemnity, pride and leadership that inspire faculty, staff and students to respect and treasure the traditions and experiences at Emory.

Patterson is the first woman in Emory history to step into the role.