John Orlando Herzog, PhD

John Herzog

Title: Mathematics Educator, University Administrator
Company: Pacific Lutheran University
Location: Spanaway, Washington, United States

John Herzog, Mathematics Educator and University Administrator at Pacific Lutheran University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of mathematics and higher education.

Dr. Herzog prepared for his career as a student at Concordia College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1957. He transitioned to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, earning a Master of Arts in 1959, and accepted a position as an instructor of mathematics at the institution.  He continued his academic pursuits at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, earning a PhD in 1963, and started as an assistant professor of mathematics at Idaho State University, where he rose to the rank of associate professor before his departure in 1967.

From 1967 until his retirement, Dr. Herzog worked as an educator at Pacific Lutheran University, starting as an associate professor and rising to the position of full professor of mathematics. From 1968 to 1974, he also served as the chairman of the department of mathematics, and from 1975 to 1981, he acted as the chairman of the division of science at the university. Dr. Herzog served once again as chairman of the department of mathematics from 1983 to 1984 and 1990 to 1991, additionally acting as the dean of natural sciences from 1984 to 1990. In 1991 and 1993, he brought his skills and expertise as a visiting scholar at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and is proud to have also taken 16 student backpacking in New Zealand.

Dr. Herzog became involved in his profession because he has always had an interest in mathematics, and cites mathematician Dr. Mundjeld as a mentor and influence in his career. He first went to New Zealand on sabbatical leave, where he visited Canterbury Christ Church University and met his wife, Colleen. Dr. Herzog and his wife visit each year, and after his retirement from education, he has continued to host students at his home in New Zealand. As a testament to his dedication to his students, Dr. Herzog is proudest of teaching several students who went on to earn their degrees and eventually became his colleagues. He has maintained affiliations to multiple professional organizations, including the Washington State Mathematics Council, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Association of University Professors, and the Mathematical Association of America.

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