H. Dean Propst


H. Dean Propst


Term of Award

Winter 2003

Degree Name

Doctor of Letters

Institution Issuing the Honorary Degree

Armstrong State University

Brief Biography of Degree Recipient

H. Dean Propst (1934-2012) was a native of Catawba County, North Carolina. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, he served in the Navy for two years on the Battleship USS Iowa. After returning from the military, he completed a Master of Arts and a Ph.D in American Literature. He began his career as an English teacher in Ohio in 1958. Propst also taught in North Carolina and Virginia before taking a position at Armstrong State College in 1969.

Propst began his thirty-year career in Georgia’s higher education system serving as the Dean of the Faculty and later Vice President of Armstrong State College. After ten years with Armstrong State College, he moved on to the University System of Georgia where he served in several Vice Chancellor positions before becoming Chancellor, eventually retiring in 1994.

Propst was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Armstrong State University on December 13, 2003. The H. Dean Probst Faculty Award is given annually to a member of the Armstrong faculty who is recognized by the Student Government Association as an inspirational and dedicated teacher.


More information about H. Dean Propst can be found in the December 2003 Armstrong Commencement Program and his obituary.

Photo courtesy of Special Collections at Lane Library (Armstrong).

H. Dean Propst