Rho Chapter Significant Sigs

Dr. William Neher

  Bill Neher, Butler University Class of 1966, has devoted his life to his love of education and Butler.  His passion for what he does has been evident throughout his career and has impacted the lives of countless individuals.  In doing so, he has made the White Cross of Sigma Chi shine a little brighter.  He finished his Undergraduate studies at Butler in 1966 with a degree in History, and upon receiving his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, he kick started his teaching career at Butler in 1970 as an Assistant Professor and not long after became an Associate Professor in 1975, while at the same time becoming Dean of the University College, a role which he served until 1982 when he become Head of the Department of Speech Communication.  He served in this role for a number of years before becoming the Head of the Department of Communication Studies in 1998.  He worked in this position along with serving as Chair of the African Studies Program, Chair of the Communication Studies Program, and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Science until his retirement from the University in 2012.  In total, Dr. Neher worked at Butler for 42 years, and was a crucial member of founding Butler’s College of Communication.  Other accolades to his name during his teaching career at Butler include Faculty Assembly Chairperson, University Cabinet Faculty Representative, and many other honors under the field of Communications Studies.  He is also credited with the development of many new courses at Butler under the fields of Communications and African Studies.  Some examples include, Communication Ethics, Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, History of Africa, and Modern Africa to name just a few.  He has been named a Butler Outstanding Professor twice during his time at Butler, has received the Butler Service Medal for his great work over the years, and is a member of the Ovid Butler Society.  Aside from his many teaching awards and honors he gives back to the community through many different organizations, which include the United Way of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Jaycees, Indianapolis Literary Club, and Central Indiana Council on World Affairs.  As a member of Sigma Chi, Dr. Neher served in the positions of Social Chairperson, Corresponding Secretary, and President.  During his time as President he was the International Balfour Award winner, which is the highest recognition that an undergraduate Sigma Chi can receive.  Also during his time at Butler as a student, he was Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Vice President, and Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Student.  Rho Chapter is proud to recognize Dr. Neher on all of his significant achievements.

Bill Neher, Butler University Class of 1966, has devoted his life to his love of education and Butler.  His passion for what he does has been evident throughout his career and has impacted the lives of countless individuals.  In doing so, he has made the White Cross of Sigma Chi shine a little brighter.  He finished his Undergraduate studies at Butler in 1966 with a degree in History, and upon receiving his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University, he kick started his teaching career at Butler in 1970 as an Assistant Professor and not long after became an Associate Professor in 1975, while at the same time becoming Dean of the University College, a role which he served until 1982 when he become Head of the Department of Speech Communication.  He served in this role for a number of years before becoming the Head of the Department of Communication Studies in 1998.  He worked in this position along with serving as Chair of the African Studies Program, Chair of the Communication Studies Program, and a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts & Science until his retirement from the University in 2012.  In total, Dr. Neher worked at Butler for 42 years, and was a crucial member of founding Butler’s College of Communication.  Other accolades to his name during his teaching career at Butler include Faculty Assembly Chairperson, University Cabinet Faculty Representative, and many other honors under the field of Communications Studies.  He is also credited with the development of many new courses at Butler under the fields of Communications and African Studies.  Some examples include, Communication Ethics, Senior Seminar in Communication Studies, History of Africa, and Modern Africa to name just a few.  He has been named a Butler Outstanding Professor twice during his time at Butler, has received the Butler Service Medal for his great work over the years, and is a member of the Ovid Butler Society.  Aside from his many teaching awards and honors he gives back to the community through many different organizations, which include the United Way of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis Jaycees, Indianapolis Literary Club, and Central Indiana Council on World Affairs.  As a member of Sigma Chi, Dr. Neher served in the positions of Social Chairperson, Corresponding Secretary, and President.  During his time as President he was the International Balfour Award winner, which is the highest recognition that an undergraduate Sigma Chi can receive.  Also during his time at Butler as a student, he was Junior Class Treasurer, Senior Class Vice President, and Butler’s Most Outstanding Male Student.  Rho Chapter is proud to recognize Dr. Neher on all of his significant achievements.

Posted on April 1, 2015 .