Title: History Professor, Writer, Dean
Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Michael Bedout Chesson, History Professor, Writer, and Dean, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Higher Learning.
Dr. Chesson is the founding professor emeritus and former dean of the American College of History and Legal Studies, a position he took up after serving as a professor of history with the University of Massachusetts. He joined the university in 1978 and taught there until 2010, becoming a full professor in 1996. Dr. Chesson is the co-author of “Effective State Standards for U.S. History” and editor of such works as “The Journal of a Civil War Surgeon.” He has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.
Born in Richmond, Virginia to Wesley Earle and Virginia Winborne Chesson in 1947, Dr. Chesson graduated from the College of William and Mary with high honors and an AB in history. He went on as a Gilman Fellow of Johns Hopkins University, and in 1978 he completed a PhD in history from Harvard University. Dr. Chesson worked as a clerk as well as a park ranger and historian with the National Park Service in the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown and Jamestown, Virginia. He is a certified committee member of the Historic District Commission. After three years as a teaching fellow with Harvard University, he joined the University of Massachusetts.
Since 2014, Dr. Chesson has been a retired vice president of the Blue and Grey Educational Society. He has served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1969 to 2005, to the rank of captain. Dr. Chesson is also a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a life member of the Southern Historical Association as well as the Organization of American Historians, among numerous area history groups. He is the proud father of Mark Allyn and Virginia Woodward with his wife, Jane B. Sherwin.
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