Adjunct Professor Earns Educator Award

An adjunct education professor with William Woods University is the recipient of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) Outstanding Emeritus Educator Award for the Southeast Region of Missouri.

Bill Bacchus of Bertrand, Mo., received the award at the MASA spring conference.
The award recognizes his continued professional accomplishments in positively promoting all aspects of education outside the traditional preschool through grade 12 programs.

“The experiences you share as a professor and recruiter for William Woods University, as well as work in area school districts, are highly recognized,” Cheri Fuemmeler, superintendent of Oak Ridge R-VI School District, said in a letter to Bacchus.

“Your continued influence in the realm of education is commendable,” she continued. “We appreciate your efforts in monitoring and promoting the goals of educators.”

Bacchus serves as the southeast regional coordinator for the graduate education programs offered by William Woods University. He is an adjunct for both the master of education and educational specialist degree programs.

He served the Charleston School District in southeast Missouri for 32 years. He taught industrial technology for 11 years, followed by two years as assistant high school principal, four years as high school principal and 15 years as district superintendent. He is a past president of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and served 11 years as the secretary of the Charleston Lions Club.

In addition to Bacchus, two other WWU adjuncts received awards at the MASA spring conference. Paul Barger of Brookfield R-III School District received the New Superintendent Award for the Northeast MASA District and Sid Doerhoff of St. Elizabeth R-IV School District received the award for the South Central district.