Recognizing the names of Tabor's first fully funded endowed positions

Allen Hiebert Chair of Sciences

Allen Hiebert

Allen Hiebert (g’63), a native of Hillsboro, Kan., earned his B.A. in chemistry from Tabor College, and a week after his graduation was married to Lois (Frantz g’86) Hiebert, also a Tabor graduate. He completed his master’s and doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana. After earning his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1967, he spent a year in post-doctoral research at Michigan State University and began teaching at Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., where he received the “Excellence in Teaching” award. After 16 years at Knox, and achieving the rank of associate professor in chemistry, he returned to his alma mater, Tabor College, where he wanted to teach “academics within a framework of people who value the Christian faith and are willing to explore what that means and contribute to the long history of excellence in the sciences at Tabor.” Hiebert was part of the science faculty at Tabor for 23 years, retiring in 2007. Hiebert expressed his faith in Christ through church leadership and teaching service, and as a strong supporter of the Mennonite Central Committee, both on the MCC bi-national level and the local Hillsboro area meat-canning work. The donor(s) for the endowed chair chose to remain anonymous. – Center of Mennonite Brethren Studies

Marvin Sellberg Professor of Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

Marvin Sellberg

Marvin Sellberg was a fixture of the Tabor College business department, serving as a longtime department chair and working there for 22 years (1968-1990). A graduate of Central College in 1946, he earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1949. He served as assistant professor of business and economics at Tabor from 1968-78, and after a break of four years at McPherson College, Sellberg returned to Tabor in 1982, serving eight years till 1990. As a Tabor professor, he was active in the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas and the Kansas Wheat Commission. He attended the first World Food Conference in Rome in 1974 and presented on such topics as the “Perspective of a Farmer on Hunger” at later conferences. He was known as a man with a big heart, and many of his students affectionately referred to themselves as “his disciples.” Sellberg received Tabor faculty emeritus status in May 2008. The donors of this endowed professorship are Bryan and Lavonne Kroeker. – Center of Mennonite Brethren Studies

Al & Dotty Warkentine Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Al & Dotty Warkentine

Al (fs’60) and Dotty (Penner, fs’60) Warkentine have inspired an exciting new chapter of supporting Tabor College. In creating the Al & Dotty Warkentine Endowed Professor Challenge, four Endowed Professor or Chair gifts by March 31, 2024, will open a second gift from the Warkentine family. Al, a retired dentist, and Dotty, a music educator, both noted the work done by their professors and the standard of excellence that remains 60-plus years after walking on campus. From Professor Solomon L. Loewen, Will Johnson, Ph.D., Emil Thiessen, Ph.D., Lando Hiebert, Th.D., and Professor Malinda Nikkel, the list is significant. “The impact that a gift like this has on the budget is one thing, but it has a lifelong impact,” Al said in spring 2023. “The interest earned on Endowment funds goes on for 5, 10, 15 and 100-plus years and is truly a gift that keeps giving.”