“It is a great feeling,” Bork said. “Being promoted to full professor is the pinnacle in academia. It is a huge honor and brings me joy.”
Bork, who joined the College in 2010, is appreciative of his colleagues, the administration and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity and for all the help along the way. Most importantly, he said, he cherishes the students, past and present, who have helped him get here and “have constantly inspired [him] to be a better person.”
Aside from teaching, Bork said his role on campus has expanded to encompass more of the overall student population. He has served as the Division Chair for Fine Arts the last few years, mentoring other faculty and making sure music, theatre and visual arts are well-represented in the College’s mission and plan.
He has also been more actively involved in recruiting prospective students. “I enjoy meeting with prospective students and spreading the good word about Lyon College.
Now that he is a full professor, Bork plans to dedicate himself to expanding the potential of his position. He looks forward to pushing his practice as an artist and seeing the current freshman class all the way through the college process.
“I love the prospect of working with them over the next couple of years, watching them mature to their fullest potential and graduate. It is an ever-evolving process and always brings me joy.”
He concluded, “As sad as it is to see them off, there will always be another group attempting to build on their success and fill their shoes.”