Edward H. Cohen, professor of English, has been named the College's third William R. Kenan, Jr., Chair. Awarded in 1967 by the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust to "support a college teacher whose enthusiasm for learning, commitment to teaching and interest in students will make a notable contribution to the College's undergraduate community." There was no stipulation for a particular field of study. Previous chairholders have included economics Professor Rufus Burr Smith and philosophy Professor Bruce Wavell.
"Holding the chair enables me to interact with the other Kenan professor at other selective colleges and universities," said Cohen. "We convene to discuss the issues that preoccupy the academic profession, and I always come away from these meetings with insight and—even in difficult times—with renewed faith in the prospects for higher education."
Cohen received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, his master's degree from the University of Iowa, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. His research interests are in Victorian studies. He is the director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program.