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Dr. James Hedtke and Ann Servey Granted Faculty Emeritus Status

Posted on 6/7/2024 10:12:27 AM

On Friday June, 7, Cabrini University Board of Trustees recognized two select faculty members, Dr. James (Jim) Hedtke and Ann Servey, MBA, CPA, for their service and distinction by conferring emeritus status, effective upon retirement.

Emeritus status is an honorific designation provided to retiring faculty who have shown longstanding service and leadership to Cabrini University, the communities it serves, and/or their professional organizations. Upon nomination by a full-time faculty member or CAO, and with recommendations by their Chair, Associate Dean, and President, and approval by the Board of Trustees, a faculty member can be awarded with the rank of Professor Emeritus.

“I am thrilled that we are honoring two of Cabrini’s legendary and beloved professors, Dr. Jim Hedkte and Prof. Ann Servey,” said Michelle Filling-Brown, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs. “I know that Faculty Emeritus status holds deep meaning for both of them and this is a shining moment as we write the final pages in Cabrini University’s history.”


Dr. James (Jim) Hedtke
Professor and Chair, History and Political Science

“In his fifty years at Cabrini, Jim Hedtke has been a hallmark and an icon for education of the heart. Receiving numerous awards and recognition, Jim has remained a humble mentor to students and faculty alike,” said Melissa S. Terlecki, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences. “There aren’t enough words to encapsulate Jim’s contributions to Cabrini, however emeritus status does forever imprint his faculty impact long after we close.”

Hedtke joined Cabrini’s History and Political Science Department in 1973 and has extensively published and presented his research to local and international audiences.  An expert on the American presidency, the Civil War, and World War II, Hedtke has been a featured guest on multiple programs including WHYY Newsworks Tonight, POTUS 2016 (CUNY), NBC10 In Focus, and the Christian Science Monitor.

His research interests include the American presidency, the United States Civil War, and World War II, as well as research on the Freckleton Air Disaster, which took place in 1944 when a United States Army Air Force B-24 Liberator crashed into the center of the English village of Freckleton, Lancashire. Hedtke's book, The Freckleton, England, Air Disaster, was published (McFarland Publishing) in December 2013.

He has authored three other books, American Civil War: Facts and FictionsLame Duck Presidents: Myth or Reality, and Civil War Professional Soldiers, Citizen Soldiers and Native American Soldiers of Genesee County, New York: Ordinary Men of Valor, the latter of which he edited and researched with students.

He also has made numerous presentations to area audiences on the presidency, terrorism, and the American Civil War, including one at the Pennsylvania Civil War Show commemorating the war’s 150th anniversary.

Hedtke earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph’s University, a master’s from Villanova University, and a PhD from Temple University.


Ann Servey, MBA, CPA
Professor and Program Coordinator, Accounting

“Ann Servey has made exceptional contributions to Cabrini throughout her distinguished career, demonstrating a profound commitment to teaching and community engagement,” said Erin McLaughlin, Ph.D., CGBP Associate Dean, School of Business, Education, and Professional Studies. “Ann’s efforts have significantly enriched Cabrini’s academic environment and have had a lasting impact on students, colleagues, and the broader community.”

Servey joined Cabrini in 1985 and progressively worked her way to promotion as a full professor in 2023.   

As Coordinator of the Accounting program at Cabrini, Ann Servey developed the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, which included the opportunity for Cabrini undergraduate Accounting majors to complete three MAcc graduate courses in their senior year. Servey also coordinated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the University, which certified students to prepare tax returns at no charge for individuals with low-to-moderate incomes.

In her courses, Servey introduced students to the United Nations Development Goals, enforcing the ideal that everyone should have access to food, education, clean water, and healthcare. She encouraged her students to understand their roles as global citizens and believes international experiences are life-changing.

Servey also developed the College’s first short-term study abroad course for academic credit. In developing the course, she purposely included a pre- and post-study tour component with the study abroad experience. This allowed students to examine the geography of the county, plus cultural, historical, economic, and international issues. The post-study tour activities involved reflection, presentation, and action.

Servey is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant and earned an MBA specializing in accounting and taxation at La Salle University and an MEd at Cabrini University.