In appreciation of Capital University’s distinguished heritage, Merl and Margaret Primmer established this endowed professorship in recognition of Capital University’s service to society through training students to become proficient in their chosen fields and effectively instilling the tenants of Christian faith and life. Merl Primmer’s life was marked by a lifelong love of nature. He spent 52 years teaching biology at Logan High School and Ohio University and was honored by the Ohio Academy of Science as an Outstanding Science Fellow. He was most passionate about historical, environmental and conservation programs. Both Merl and Margaret were devoted Lutherans, and Margaret was extensively involved with the church. She served as president of the Tri-State Conference of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and also as the Ohio District President of the ALC Women. Margaret lectured extensively in this role and wrote a book, A Time to Speak, recounting the history ALC women in the area.
The Merl and Margaret Primmer Distinguished Professorship in Biological Sciences will be appointed by the president and officially named by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the appropriate faculty, chair of the biology department, and provost. The Primmer Committee, which will include the chairs or designees of the natural science departments and a representative from the provost’s office, will review nominations for the professorship and recommend one or more candidates for appointment.
The professorship holder will lead the Primmer Committee and will submit a budget and an annual report of activity to the provost, the biology department chair, and the Primmer Committee. The Primmer Committee, led by the professorship holder and assisted by liaisons from the advancement and Facilities Management staff, will provide ongoing guidance to the professorship holder on matters related to the endowed professorship and to The Merl and Margaret Primmer Outdoor Learning Center.