Administration and Staff
Dr. Daniel Gahan
Director, Honors Program
Olmsted Hall 310
Dr. Gahan continues, “Honors students are the best examples on campus of what it means to be truly great students in academic terms. In addition, they demonstrate a concern with the wider world, particularly by exhibiting a real sense of social responsibility, both in their time on campus and as they depart into what are likely to be highly successful careers.”
“As Honors Program Director, I enjoy the opportunity to continually improve the academic side of the program to ensure that it is absolutely outstanding. My ambition is to make this one of the best and most distinctive honors programs in the country.”
Dr. Gahan joined the faculty of UE in 1986. He holds a B.A. in History and a Higher Diploma in Education from the National University of Ireland. He received his M.A from Loyola University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, both in History. Dr. Gahan teaches courses in European history and American immigration and agrarian history (1700-1900). Most of his research to date has focused on Ireland in the period of the French Revolution, but he is currently researching Irish emigration to the USA in 1815-1920, with a special focus on Irish immigrants in rural Indiana. Dr. Gahan has published two books: Rebellion: Ireland in 1798 (Dublin: O’Brien Press, 1997) and The Peoples Rising: Wexford 1798 (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1995), as well as over 30 scholarly articles/reviews. He has received several awards, including the Berger Award for Scholarship, University of Evansville; Dean’s Teaching Award, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Evansville; Methodist Institutions, Outstanding Teacher Award; and Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Evansville.
Mrs. Cherie Leonhardt
Asst Dir Honors Program & Coordinator of Veterans Affairs
Olmsted Hall 238
On working with Honors students, Cherie notes, “I am proud to work with Honors students because they are highly motivated and passionate people. Besides excelling in the classroom, they are involved in all aspects of our campus and take advantage of every opportunity presented to them. The Honors projects they complete are especially interesting to me. Examples of Honors projects range from researching cures for cancer to designing storage devices for wind power generation, and everything in between. The incredible work that they do prepares them for great success after college. I always come away from conversations with Honors students feeling excited about their futures. “
Cherie holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Evansville.
Mrs. Jayme Williams
Koch Center 238