Instead of our usual featured alum, this month we feature our newest professor emeritus, Dr. Leigh Becker.
Dr. Leigh Becker obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University and came to CBU in 1979 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He rose through the academic ranks becoming a Professor in 1992. He retired from CBU last year (2013), and was awarded the rank of Professor of Emeritus this spring.
Dr. Becker was a dedicated teacher, demanding and yet caring. He spent a lot of time and effort in preparing his classes. He wrote a book on Differential Equations that the Math Department at CBU still uses. He learned to use the web for his courses and posted not only his syllabus on the web but used the web to post solutions to his homework. He was always willing to help students individually in his office. Several of his students have gone on to graduate school, and those students comment on how well prepared they were for graduate work based on the courses they took from Dr. Becker.
Dr. Becker was a very important and contributing member of the Mathematics
Department here at CBU. He was involved in the development of courses and the overall mathematics curriculum. He was a well liked and respected member of the department. He also served on several faculty committees including the Policy Committee and the Rank & Tenure Committee.
Even with the high teaching loads and service demands, Dr. Becker found time to do mathematical research, and he regularly published articles on Integral Differential Equations. He has been invited to give talks in this field at international conferences. He is still publishing in the field today.
Above all, though, Dr. Leigh Becker is a wonderful human being. He is a dedicated father and husband, and just a wonderful person to associate with. I am honored to have known and worked with Leigh for well over 30 years!