Martin Hall, 210
William E. Rutherford is a native of Waco, Texas. He earned the Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, in 1966 and the Master’s Degree from Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX, in 1971. He completed additional study at Indiana University, Middle Tennessee State University, and at Colorado State University. Rutherford also is a member of the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, England, having completed the requisite residence requirements in the area of sustainability and the environment.
Rutherford has been employed at Martin Methodist College since 1971. Prior to his current position as Professor of History he served in various capacities at Martin including Vice-President, Dean of Admissions and Chair of the Division of Social Sciences. Additionally he served as the founding director of the W. Garie Taylor Honors Program.
He frequently teaches the following courses: History of the United States 201 and 202; History of World Civilization 111 and 112; World Geography 241; American Government 221; State and Local Government 222; and Tennessee History 240.
Rutherford is an active member of a wide variety of campus committees including the Della Clayton Lee Fine Arts Series committee as well as the Taskforce on Sustainability.
He has attended national conferences in diverse subject areas such as critical thinking, world poverty, student retention, and the environment. Following the completion of the Master Gardener Program he serves as a campus volunteer on a part-time basis.
Rutherford is married to Elizabeth Blackburn Rutherford and they have two children and two grandchildren. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, TN where he serves as an elder and a member of the choir.