Ashland University honored John Fraas, a retiring faculty member, Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Fraas, an Archbold native and a trustees’ professor and professor of business administration, retired at the end of fall classes for the 2008-09 academic year.
Fraas received an engraved silver bowl during a luncheon held in his honor.
A member of the Archbold High School class of 1966, Fraas is a 1970 AU graduate. He holds a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron.
His major fields of study are economic education and educational statistics.
After joining the AU faculty in 1972, Fraas was promoted to assistant professor of economics in 1974 and named director of economic education in-service programs in 1975.
He was promoted to associate professor of economics and mathematics in 1978. In 1981, he was named director of research for the Gill Center for Business and Economic Education and promoted to full professor of economics.
Fraas served as chairman of the economics department from 1985 to 1988, at which time he was named dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
In 1986, Fraas was named the university’s first trustees’ professor, an academic honor awarded by the board of trustees to a professor who is recognized as an outstanding educator and/or researcher.
A two-time recipient of the university’s Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, he is a multiple-year recipient of AU’s Academic Mentor Award, Ellis Award for Motivation, Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award, and the Maude V. Rutt Award.
Fraas was the first recipient of the AU Alumni Association’s Raymond Bixler Award, which is given to an alumnus who has achieved distinction in the field of education.
In 2001, Fraas received the international teaching excellence award for baccalaureate/ graduate degree institutions from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Fraas has published numerous articles in refereed journals and presented papers to regional and national conferences in the areas of economics education and applied statistics.
He also published a textbook in applied statistics and two workbooks in the same area.
Fraas and his wife, Bettilu, reside in Ashland.