Clare Myers, Staff Writer
After 15 years as director of the library, Dr. Scott Dupree will leave the position this spring to resume his post as a full-time faculty member of the English department. Current assistant librarian Cherie Hohertz will take over as interim director.
Dupree is something of a jack of all trades at the University of Dallas, a community he has been a part of since 1958. He was a member of one of the school’s first graduating classes and its first Fulbright Scholarship winner – before the university was even accredited. A double major in English and French, he used the scholarship to study French literature in France. Dupree speaks French fluently, along with five or six other languages.
Five or six?
“My Chinese isn’t where I’d like it to be,” he explained.
After he returned to America, he used his Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, which he had delayed to take the Fulbright, to earn a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. As soon as he finished his dissertation he returned to Dallas to begin teaching English at UD.
In the many years Dupree has been a faculty member, he has worn many hats.
“I’ve been kind of scattered and spread out,” he said.
In addition to teaching in the English department, he taught in the music department and served as the chair of the modern languages department for several years. Dupree even acted as director of the Rome Program for three years in the 1970s, indirectly affecting the Rome experience of nearly every Romer by creating the Art and Architecture of Rome course. The most difficult part of designing it, he said, was orchestrating the field trips without the charter buses the Due Santi campus makes use of today. All he had to work with was Italian public transportation.
“I was prouder of mastering the Rome bus system than mastering the history of art and architecture,” he said.
Dupree has taught at the Irving campus ever since, except for a few years when he worked as a visiting professor in France, Switzerland and Singapore. He was asked to step up as director of the library in 1998 after the administration went through three directors in three years.
“They somehow had the impression that I’d be able to straighten out some of the problems,” he said.
Dupree continued to teach at least one class a semester as he shepherded the library through years of monumental change for libraries across the globe. He acknowledges that it is still in a transitional period, but ultimately Dupree wanted to resume teaching full time, hoping to interact more with students.
“We will most certainly miss Dr. Dupree’s leadership,” Hohertz said. “I know that he will continue to assist us should we need him.”
As for Dupree, he is looking forward to the change.
“You might think I wouldn’t want to go back to grading freshman Lit Trad papers,” he said. “But I love those courses.”