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History professor leaves BPC to assume position at U.S. Naval War College
Dr. Kevin McCranie
MOUNT VERNON— Brewton-Parker’s acclaimed military historian and assistant professor of history, Dr. Kevin McCranie, has accepted a position as an associate professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He begins his new teaching assignment in late January.
McCranie’s professional transition is evidence of Brewton-Parker’s commitment to employing superior professors in their respective fields, explained Dr. David Smith, BPC president.
“Dr. McCranie exemplified the very best attributes of our world-class faculty,” said Dr. Smith. “He will be a great addition to the Naval War College and he will be missed by his friends at BPC.”
Making the decision to leave BPC was not one McCranie took lightly, he says, though he’s confident he’s pursuing the next step in his career.
“It’s a nice promotion,” said the personable professor with a hearty laugh. “I’m definitely excited. I had to pinch myself once or twice. It’s a great opportunity, but I’ve had to do a lot of soul-searching, a good bit of praying and talking to my parents and friends. The students here are fantastic. That’s primarily why I’ve stayed (at BPC). But I had to balance that with the career move and the opportunity the Naval War College could provide.”
“Brewton-Parker has been a wonderful experience for me in a lot of ways,” he added. “It’s been a learning experience. It’s made me a better historian, a better person.”
Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., chair of BPC’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, added the following words of encouragement and admiration for his departing colleague.
“Dr. McCranie is a gifted professor and academic professional who has exerted a tremendous and multifaceted influence upon the academic and social life of the College,” Dr. Cheek said. “We will miss him as a professor, colleague, and friend, but, we also celebrate his new appointment to the Naval War College, and we at Brewton-Parker take some pride in having contributed to his formation as a talented academic. Our thoughts and prayers go with him in this near endeavor.”
While at the college, McCranie published his first book, Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon (University Press of Florida, 2006). The book, an expansion of his doctoral dissertation, received a bevy of critical-acclaim as the first modern biography of Keith, a naval officer who eventually commanded four major fleets – the Eastern Seas, the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the Channel.
McCranie also served as the curator of the Cooper-Conner site, home of the oldest house in Montgomery County, located in the Historic Village on the BPC campus.