Steven Ropski, Ph.D., with his wife, Melanie, and son, Nathaniel.
Steven Ropski, Ph.D., ’78, professor of biology and director of the science program at Gannon, was honored with the 51st Gannon University Distinguished Faculty Award at a celebratory ceremony at 4 p.m. today in Gannon’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Ropski graduated from Gannon University in 1978 with a degree in biology and a teaching certification in high school biology. He then taught high school biology at Elk County Christian High School in St. Mary's, Pa. for one year. In 1984 he earned his doctorate in ecology while studying hibernation in a species of mouse. In 1984 Ropski returned to his alma mater to teach.
Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs at Gannon, acknowledged Ropski as a silent leader at Gannon.
“Silent leaders recognize they cannot ask someone to do a task that they cannot do themselves, they set an example for others, and they hold themselves to the same high standards that they hold for others. Most importantly, they are trusted. (Ropski) will continue to leave a legacy at Gannon that cannot be matched. When you have been recognized by your colleagues, you know you have truly made an impact,” Iwanenko said.
Ropski thanked his wife, Melanie, and son and daughter, Nathaniel and Meaghan, who have been a pivotal support in his career. Ropski also recognized past recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award who have served as mentors and inspiration.
Ropski expressed his gratitude for the award. “It has been 36 wonderful years, and I am having a great time,” Ropski said.