Benjamin Lowenkron, Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), was selected as the 2014-15 recipient of the Jane French Manship Endowed Professorship in English.
Lowenkron began working at BRCC in 2010 as an adjunct professor. He became full time in 2011. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Transfer Specialist for the Liberal Arts Division, as faculty advisor for the Poetry Club, as a member of the International Education Festival committee and as chair of the 2015 Arts Fest committee.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Brooke and their puppy,
Victor, and watching football and hockey. He is also a published poet. Some of his
works include Preacher's Blues, and Bone River, both published by Ampersand Books.
Established in 2005, the endowed professorship was created with a gift to the BRCC Foundation from David Manship, a longtime employee of the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate (1973-2013). The professorship was named in honor of Manship's mother Jane French Manship.
"I am very thankful to David Manship for his contribution to the BRCC Foundation," said Lowenkron. "I believe whole-heartedly in the mission of public education, but I also understand the funding challenges we face. Having people like the Manships step up really provides the fuel that not only sustains the college, but helps it to level up in terms of resources that can be made available to faculty and students, allowing both groups to reach their true potential. His generosity inspires me."
Endowed professorships are among the most significant awards conferred to faculty and are the college's most prestigious recognition for continued scholarly achievement and distinction.