Champlain Announces Faculty Emeritus

Champlain College will honor its first recipients of Faculty Emeritus status at the Convocation ceremony on Aug. 24 for the Class of 2016. The status honors retired faculty for their sustained contributions to Champlain College who have a distinguished career excelling in the multiple roles of the professoriate: teaching and student engagement, institutional service, professional development, scholarship, and collegiality and who have served a significant portion of their careers at Champlain.

This year, Champlain College granted faculty emeritus to:

Walter Luchini: Luchini, a Champlain alumni residing in South Burlington, began his 40 year career at Champlain in 1968. In his time at Champlain, he was the Director of the Continuing Education Division, Chair of the Business Administration Division and Director of the Accounting and Math Department. Luchini also served as President, V.P. and Treasurer of the Faculty Senate and was the Chair of numerous Senate and college committees - primarily Faculty Welfare and Curriculum committees.

He is a member of the Vermont Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), American Institute of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, and the American Accounting Association. Luchini was honored with many awards throughout his career including:

  • Phi Theta Sigma Award "For Dedicated Services as a Teacher," 1970
  • Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Champlain College, 1972
  • Centennial Award for "Outstanding Alumnus" Champlain College, 1978
  • C. Bader Brouilette Alumni Award, 1994
  • Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, 1994-1997

He served on an ad hoc committee of the Vermont Board of CPAs to implement educational requirements to become a CPA in 1998. At the invitation of the Vermont Tax Commissioner, he served on a committee to implement a new Vermont corporate tax system in 2005. He was also a board member, treasurer, and chair of the Finance Committee at the Howard Center, formerly Howard Mental Health Services.

Luchini graduated first in his class when receiving his A.S. from Champlain College, then received his B.S., Summa Cum Laude, from Plymouth State College of the University of New Hampshire. He earned his M.Ed. from Saint Michael's College and his M.B.A. from the University of Vermont.

Edith "Eadie" K. Templin: Templin was hired as a full-time member of Champlain's faculty in 1976, teaching accounting and mathematics. She was Chair of the Accounting and Computer Systems Division, was Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Interim Dean of the Electronic Technology Systems Division.

She was active member of various college committees, including:

  • V.P. and Treasurer of the Faculty Senate
  • Chair of Curriculum Committee
  • Member of numerous accreditation committees for NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and Chair of one
  • Member and later Chair of Champlain Self-Study Committees for NEASC
  • Co-chair of search committee for Dean of Business Administration Division

Between 1987 and 1990, Templin was honored with the prestigious Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, awarded to a senior faculty member of the College community who has shown dedication to students and the College through a record of service and excellence in teaching and advising and through work on faculty and College committees.

She is a board member at the Cathedral Square Corporation and Outright Vermont, and is an active member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.

Templin earned her B.A., cum laude, from Smith College before receiving her M.B.A. from the University of Vermont.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.