• 01 May 2014

    UMMC’s Dr. John Hall Named SEC Professor of the Year

    JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. John Hall, a professor and administrator at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named the Southeastern Conference’s 2014 Professor of the Year in recognition of his excellence both in the classroom and as a topflight obesity and cardiovascular researcher.

    The SEC announced Hall’s selection today as the top professor among those teaching at the SEC’s 14 member institutions of higher education.

    “Dr. John Hall represents what is best about academic leadership in the Southeastern Conference,” UM Chancellor Dan Jones said. “His reputation as an educator spans the globe and his contributions in the broad fields of medicine and physiology are substantial. He exemplifies the ideals we should all have for an SEC Professor of the Year.”

    Hall is the Arthur C. Guyton Professor and chair of physiology and biophysics, and director of theMississippi Center for Obesity Research at UMMC. He is one of the most recognized teachers and researchers in the areas of cardiovascular and renal physiology, mechanisms of hypertension, obesity and metabolic disorders.

    At UMMC, he’s mentored more than 120 postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and medical student researchers. He’s seen six of his understudies go on to become chairs or directors of various university departments, and one is dean of graduate studies at UMMC.

    Hall said the award is a tribute to the university and the team of researchers there.

    “I am deeply honored and feel very privileged to represent the University of Mississippi,” Hall said. “There are 14 outstanding universities, so it was a real surprise to me when I received the notice that I was chosen for this honor. I think this to me is important because it does signify that the Southeastern Conference really values academics and scholarship.

    “This is a tribute not to me so much, but the university – that we have a good team here of cardiovascular researchers and many folks that work together. I like to say that the team is a lot more than the sum of its parts. I think that’s especially true in this case.”

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