The Citadel Psychology Department has established the Hall of Fame to recognize institution- affiliated individuals who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields, disciplines, positions, or occupations with particular focus on advancing psychology and mental health.
Institutional affiliation may be demonstrated through service to the institution and the community served by the institution, or by enhancement of the mission of the institution, or through interactions with students via teaching, mentorship, etc. Examples of distinguished performance might include leadership positions, development of innovative programs or procedures, cutting edge research, influential writing, positive impact on social or service programs, or any other activities of an outstanding nature with broad and reaching impact.
The Awards Committee will consist of three members of the department, each serving for two years with one member replaced every two years. One of the three members of the committee may, at the discretion of the Dept. Head, be an emeritus member of the faculty. Each year up to three recipients will be selected from the field of nominations submitted for review by the Awards Committee. Nominations may be submitted by members of the faculty or institution, students, or community at large through the nomination form, attached.
Individuals nominated should have a substantial affiliation with The Citadel, display the highest level of ethics and integrity, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
- A recognized leader in academics and/or the community and/or economics and/or political, religious, or social spheres.
- Significant career accomplishments or achievements as recognized by peers.
- A significant impact on students through mentorship and/or supervision and/or service or research involvement.
- Significant expansion of social and cultural horizons through research, writing, lecturing, service activities, demonstration projects, or intervention programs.
THE CLASS OF 2023
Julie A. Lipovsky, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Julie Lipovsky is a champion for others. At The Citadel, she served as the Assistant Provost for Diversity Initiatives, and in this role, she greatly advanced opportunities for women and minorities on our campus. Dr. Lipovsky was the founding director of the Clinical Counseling program and, in this role, helped shape the landscape of mental health services across greater Charleston. Her passion, tireless spirit, loyalty, and devotion made the Clinical Counseling program one of the most successful and rigorous graduate programs at The Citadel
P. Michael Politano, Ph.D., MPS, ABPP
Dr. Michael Politano has been described as the heartbeat of the Department of Psychology. Since his arrival at The Citadel in 1991, Dr. Politano worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the department and to advocate for students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Politano’s professionalism and his dedication to the academy have influenced generations of graduates, particularly in the field of school psychology. His rigor, his compassion, and his kindness set the bar for the rest of the Department of Psychology.
THE CLASS OF 2021
Oliver Bowman, Ph.D.
Dr. Oliver Bowman led the charge to develop a major in psychology at The Citadel and was responsible for the creation of the Department of Psychology in 1976, serving as Head of the Department until 1991. Dr. Bowman additionally developed The Citadel Counseling Center and served as the Director until his retirement in 1996. A champion for students, faculty, and staff, Dr. Bowman’s contributions set the state for future successes in the department.
Alfred J. Finch, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Alfred J. Finch, Jr., served as the second Head of the Department of Psychology from 1991 until 2002 and, later, as the inaugural Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a position he held until 2008. In his roles, Dr. Finch was a champion for the Department of Psychology and the larger School of Humanities and Social Sciences. A tireless and selfless advocate for others, his contributions impacted both the campus and the greater Charleston Community and continued the department’s tradition of excellence.