University of Pittsburgh
November 16, 1999


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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 -- After 32 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Theodore O. Windt, professor and chair of the Department of Communication and preeminent scholar on the American presidency, will retire in April, 2000. Windt announced his decision today at a lecture presented to members of the College of General Studies' Over Sixty Program.

Windt developed the first presidential rhetoric undergraduate courses in the country more than 30 years ago, and they continue to be among Pitt's most popular undergraduate classes.

A Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, Windt is the author of five books. He has won the Everett Lee Hunt Scholarship Award for three: "Presidents and Protesters: Political Rhetoric in the 1960s," "Rhetoric as a Human Adventure," and "The Cold War as Rhetoric: 1945-1950."

Among his many honors, Windt served on the Harvard Commission on Presidential News Conferences, which made recommendations that President Bush put into effect. In addition, the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) honored Windt for his scholarly career in examining political communication, particularly his distinctively rhetorical approach to the study of politics.

Windt also is a recipient of the ECA Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Distinguished Research Fellow Awards. The ECA Fellows program offers awards in both research and teaching. Windt received both of the awards, which recognize individuals for outstanding records in research or teaching. He is a member of the ECA Committee of Scholars, which provides experts in communications to talk about the discipline.

Windt served as political commentator on KDKA TV's "Weekend Magazine," and was a member of the Decision Desk for Elections at ABC-TV in New York. He has been the political analyst for KQV Radio in Pittsburgh for more than two decades.

Windt, who was born in Houston, TX, received his bachelor's degree in English from Texas Lutheran College, his master's in theater arts from Bowling Green State University, and his doctorate in rhetoric and philosophy from Ohio State University. He resides in O'Hara Township.