No one understands the challenges facing educators better than a fellow educator. So when John Hultman chose to fund an endowed professorship in the University of La Verne’s College of Arts & Sciences, he drew from his personal life and experiences to make the decision.
Hultman earned both his undergraduate (1974) and Juris Doctor (’78) from La Verne. He joined the College of Law faculty in 1981, and during his 33-year tenure has influenced countless graduates who have gone on to successful careers.
Named in honor of his late father, the Robert Warren Hultman Distinguished Professorship in the College of Arts & Sciences is intended to encourage La Verne professors within that college to excel in their academic disciplines. The honor, which will rotate every three years, will support a deserving professor who embodies the best in teaching, connects with students, and helps students to achieve their goals.
“I loved the education I received in the College of Arts and Sciences, so much so that now, in deep gratitude, I decided to establish this professorship in honor of my father,” said Hultman. “I want my father’s name to live on, potentially in perpetuity. The story of his life is a great one. When I delivered his eulogy, I spoke of him as a member of ‘America’s Greatest Generation,’ referring to the theme of Tom Brokaw’s famous book. He was a decorated hero in World War II.”
Robert Hultman passed away on January 29, just days before his 90th birthday.
According to University President Devorah Lieberman, the distinguished professorship will also serve to honor and perpetuate the influence and values of John Hultman.
“John wishes to have future students experience the joy of ‘connecting’ with professors who take the time, thought and compassion to care about each student,” said President Lieberman. “[The professorship] will allow the University of La Verne to continue to promote the values of the institution, professional development, national visibility and faculty role models for our students.”
As a law professor, John Hultman has taught a wide variety of courses, including bankruptcy, torts, remedies and properties, and has been honored by both students and peers alike during his time at La Verne Law. In 2003, he was selected the University’s Professor of the Year for Graduate Programs. He has three times earned College of Law Professor of the Year honors (1996, ’00, ’04), and this past fall was presented the 2013 Distinguished Professor Award at the University Alumni Awards Dinner.
In practicing law full and part-time for 21 years, his areas of expertise include bankruptcy, business, and personal injury law. He has served as a Board of Directors Trustee for the Eastern Bar Association of Los Angeles County, and was a member of the Paralegal ABA Advisory Board.