Dr. Linda Kuechler, a long-time professor of accounting and beloved colleague at Daemen College, who passed away unexpectedly in January, has been posthumously granted the distinction of professor emeritus by the Daemen College Board of Trustees. The emeritus status, which was recommended to the board by Daemen President Gary Olson, was approved at the June 11 board meeting.
“Given Linda’s many years of exemplary service, leadership, and excellence in the classroom, it is especially fitting to honor her legacy at Daemen by granting her emeritus status,” said Olson.
Kuechler’s tenure at Daemen spanned 34 years, which included serving as a department and divisional chair and as a respected faculty member. During her tenure, she received the President’s Medal, Outstanding Teaching Award, Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Community Service Award. She also served on a number of college committees and was active in program development and other academic collaborations.
“We are grateful to have the highly-regarded professor emeritus designation bestowed on Linda in recognition of her more than three decades of distinguished service as a gifted and talented Daemen faculty member,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Linda was a cherished colleague and friend to many at the college and a tireless mentor to students throughout her career at Daemen. A strong leader to our faculty, she is greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.”
In memory of Kuechler, a Daemen scholarship she established in her father’s name has been renamed the Linda Eckert Kuechler and Herbert B. Eckert Memorial Scholarship.