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Retired Professor Issues Challenge to FHU Students to Begin Year

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 19, 2015

A retired Freed-Hardeman University Bible professor issued a challenge to students Wednesday, Aug.19, at the school’s annual Tolling of the Bell to begin officially the 2015-16 school year. Dr. Clyde Woods urged students to honor their parents, their Freed-Hardeman family and their own values.

Woods, who retired this spring after 50 years of service, his wife Ann, also a retired FHU teacher, and freshman Matthew Johnson were the “masters of the bell.” They rang the bell a total of 14 times, once for each year the university has been in existence.

“This is a great place, and it gets better the longer you stay—and I should know,” Woods said, referring to his 50-year tenure on the Bible faculty.

Landen Wright, president of the FHU Student Government Association, accepted the challenge on behalf of the student body.

The bell, used for ceremonial occasions, was brought to the campus from Essary Springs, Tenn., where A.G. Freed’s Southern Tennessee Normal and Business Institute was located. Forged circa 1900 by C.S. Bell Company in Hillsboro, Ohio, the bell is made of an iron alloy.

Fall classes began at the university Wednesday.