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FHU Tolling of the Bell Set for Aug. 19

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 10, 2015

Freed-Hardeman University’s annual Tolling of the Bell will officially begin the 2015-16 school year August 19 at 10:30am in Loyd Auditorium. Retired professors Clyde and Ann Woods and freshman Matthew Johnson will serve as masters of the bell.

Dr. Clyde Woods will issue the traditional challenge to university students. Landen Wright, president of the Student Government Association, will accept the challenge on behalf of the student body.

Clyde Woods retired this spring after 50 years of service to the university, teaching primarily biblical languages and Bible text courses. He has published commentaries of the Pentateuch and the book of Isaiah. He is also the co-author of a commentary of Leviticus and Numbers for the College Press NIV Commentary Series. He also cooperated in the International Video Bible Lesson Series with lectures on the Pentateuch.

Clyde Woods holds undergraduate degrees from Freed-Hardeman and Abilene Christian University as well as graduate degrees from Harding Graduate School of Bible and Religion and Hebrew Union College where he studied Palestinian Judaism and Prophetic Literature. He has also done postdoctoral work at Hebrew Union’s Jerusalem school and participated in the archeological dig at Tell Gezer.

Ann Woods is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman and Harding University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching English, respectively.  She first taught at Freed-Hardeman for the 1965-66 school year. She returned to the classroom in 1972 and retired in 2000. She has been an active member of the Freed-Hardeman University Associates for many years.

Clyde Woods is a veteran preacher with more than 50 years of experience who sometimes serves as interim preacher for area congregations. Ann Woods has been a Bible class teacher. The couple has made mission trips together to Russia and to Guyana.

They have three children: Scott, who teaches at the University of Tennessee-Selmer campus; Mark, a design engineer in Dallas, Texas; and Dr. Tricia Thomas, who teaches chemical engineering at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Johnson, representing the incoming freshman class, will assist with the tolling of the bell. He was the salutatorian of the 2015 class at Chester County High School. The son of Drs. Mike and Jenny Johnson, he plans to triple major in Bible, English and physical science (pre-engineering) at Freed-Hardeman.

The public is invited to the Tolling of the Bell ceremony.