Callaway, a leading Southern textile manufacturer of the 20th century who possessed a keen interest in higher education, said, “I am not afraid of an educated man, because I can sit down and reason with him.”
Dutt, a Douglas County resident who has taught at West Georgia since 1994, can now take his place among an elite group of esteemed Georgia educators who have been named a Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair holder.
Dutt, originally from Kolkata, India, formerly known as Calcutta, becomes the third West Georgia professor to receive this honor.
According to university spokeswoman Elizabeth Stone, the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chairs Trust, established in 1968 and supported by the Bank of America, provides support to the selected educators through supplemental income to those honored.
The recipients, she said, must have demonstrated superior teaching abilities in addition to achieving distinction as a professor.
“I am humbled beyond words to receive this honor,” said Dutt, whose new title is Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Economics.
“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would have been possible and I thank the foundation for considering me worthy of it.”
Dutt, the first West Georgia professor since 2001 to receive the honor, said there are only 40 Callaway honorees in Georgia’s institutions of higher learning. In addition, those who are named retain the honor until they retire or die. “Although the honor itself is prestigious,” Dutt said, “there is an accompanying monetary stipend that makes it even more special.”
Faye McIntyre, dean of the Richards College of Business and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise at West Georgia, said Dutt exemplifies excellence in the college.
She said that, in 2007, Dutt wrote, “I am first and foremost a teacher and plan to stay so all my life.”
McIntyre said his declaration demonstrated why he is the perfect candidate for this honor.