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Distinguished Professor of Humanics: Charles B. Redington 2012-2013

Charles B. Redington 2012-2013

Title of Humanics Lecture
The Man Who Plants Trees

Learn more about Dr. Redington and his career as a Distinguished Professor of Humanics by listening to the "History of Humanics" podcast, which can be found here.

Earned Degrees
Ph.D., Rutgers University (1969)
Master of Science, Rutgers University (1966)
Bachelor of Science, Baldwin-Wallace College (1964)

Final Title at Springfield College
Emeritus Professor of Biology and Distinguished Springfield College Professor of Humanics

Short statement that describes what it means to be a Distinguished Professor of Humanics:
I was inspired by a statement by Albert Schweitzer as follows: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." This is what SC Humanics is all about. I feel a deep sense of pride that my service to SC and our surrounding communities was recognized by being selected for this honor. One thing this honor means to me is just where has Humanics taken root? For me, a tree became a metaphor for the Humanics philosophy. If you listen to my address, I explain how the Spirit is found in the roots, the Body is in the trunk, and the Mind is in the leaves and flowers. Over 100 countries have sent students to learn in the Humanics framework of SC! Thus Humanics has taken root throughout the world! The Spirit, Mind, and Body of developing leaders to be in service to others can take on many different interpretations. Through biology ( trees, for example) we might think that leadership roles can be assumed by anyone who chooses to be an effective stewards of our environment. Humanics suggests that without a sustained and healthy environment, we have no humanity or Humanics.

Short statement that describes how you continued to live the Humanics mission after your year as Distinguished Professor of Humanics:
In retirement, my wife, Carolyn Snow-Redington, SC, '95, G'00, and I host Springfield College gatherings in Florida and work with Meals on Wheels. She and I took the lead in getting our county commissioners to approve dredging our canal and cove that leads to the Intracoastal Waterway. This has a positive effect on 15 neighbors who love our cove. It is a small wildlife habitat that harbors manatees, snook, red fish, tarpon, gators and many other sea creatures. We are also going to become 1885 members by setting up a scholarship in our names.