Montana State University

Fedock receives Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Membership Award

December 10, 2010 -- MSU News Service

Joe Fedock, Montana State University interim provost, (left) visits with Joe Thiel, MSU student chapter president of Phi Kappa Phi, after being presented with the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Membership Award in recognition of his decades of dedicated service to MSU. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.   High-Res Available

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Joe Fedock, Montana State University interim provost, was presented with the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Membership Award on Dec. 9 in recognition of his decades of dedicated service to MSU.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and largest collegiate honor society. Fedock's award was approved by the society's national board, after being nominated by the MSU chapter. He was presented the award by Joe Thiel, MSU student chapter president; Ilse-Mari Lee, director of MSU's Honors Program; and Robert Rydell, faculty chapter president and MSU history professor, at a Phi Kappa Phi lecture in the Strand Union Building.

"Dr. Fedock has served our institution with the utmost dedication, diligence and integrity for more than 20 years: as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering, associate dean of the College of Engineering, interim dean of the Collge of Graduate Studies, vice-provost for Academic Affairs, and most recently, as interim provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs," said Lee in the nomination letter.

The experiences and opportunities provided to undergraduates witnessed tremendous enrichment through Fedock's support of the Undergraduate Scholars, Honors and University Studies programs and most recently, key initiatives in support of student recruitment and retention, Lee said.

In addition to his regular duties, Fedock also served as the accreditation liaison officer to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and served as the co-chair for MSU's successful NWCCU evaluation - a once a decade process that involves an extensive top-to-bottom review of the university.

"I certainly could continue listing his manifold accomplishments," Lee said. "However, through this award, we would like to recognize the person who has selflessly served this institution and its constituents, with integrity, distinction, compassion and humility. Dr. Fedock is a consensus-builder, who routinely included all stake-holders in the decision-making process. He always sought creative ways to best serve our students, faculty and state, with limited resources at our disposal. In addition, professor Fedock is imminently reasonable, or as a colleague once observed: 'He is an engineer, and he is civil.'"

Fedock could be steadfastly counted upon to be present at campus events, or to lend his personal support for student-led activities such as "Engineers without Borders," or by attending concerts and art exhibitions, Lee said.

"A loyal supporter of cultural and community events, Dr. Fedock is well-known and respected in the Bozeman community as well. The bottom line is: he is 'one of us,'" she said.

Fedock has played an integral role in the development of MSU's research prowess and worked diligently to provide faculty and students with the necessary opportunities and resources to excel in their academic fields. His leadership in MSU's academic mission also played a major role in student successes that have included 51 Goldwater Awards, as well as multiple Rhodes, Phi Kappa Phi, Truman, Jack Kent Cooke, Mitchell and Boren awards, Lee said.

"He is a humble man, who has shaped the course of our institution over the past two decades in meaningful ways," Lee said. "Benjamin Franklin said: 'Humility makes great men twice honorable.' That's Joe."