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RELATIONSHIPS FORGE THE WAY TO GIVING BACK
By Susan Field
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Taylor '84 M '86, a computer science major, is inspired
to give back to East Stroudsburg University to show appreciation to the
school and academic department which are the foundations of his success.
The newly established Charles T. '84, M '86 and Teresa M. Taylor Endowed
Scholarship is designed for a computer science major who aspires to work in
the Department of Defense/intelligence community.
"My wife Teresa and I believe philanthropy comes from the heart. We enjoy
giving to organizations which have enabled us to be where we are today,"
said Taylor, former founding president of Proteus Technologies, LLC, and
former executive vice president of Polaris Alpha. Both companies specialized in
building custom applications for the Department of Defense and intelligence
During his time at ESU, Taylor learned the importance of building strong
relationships to be successful. One of his most pivotal relationships began
his freshman year when he met computer science Professor, Dr. Richard
School didn't come easily to Taylor and he struggled with his first
computer science classes. He remembers spending most evenings working on
assignments in the computer room on the fourth floor of Stroud Hall. For
one particular programming assignment, Taylor broke down in tears in his
third-floor Shawnee Hall dorm room.
He sought the help of Prince. "I remember sitting in his office, and his
phone was ringing. It was his wife, Dr. Debbie Prince (former mathematics
professor at ESU), saying that dinner was ready. Dr. Prince said, 'I have a
student here with me,' and he didn't go home. He was more concerned that I
understood how to complete the assignment," Taylor said.
Taylor had Prince for eight more semesters over his years at ESU, which
spanned undergraduate and graduate degrees. Throughout his academic career,
Prince was the most challenging professor Taylor ever had, but also the one
that pushed him to learn the most.
"I remember handing in 2,000 lines of source code for an assignment.
Professor Prince took the time to read every single line and point out
where I could improve. He was a brilliant, kind, good person. I truly wish
more people would have had him as a professor before he passed away," said
Taylor, who still exchanges Christmas cards with Prince's wife every year.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Taylor became one of the first
two graduates of the university's Computer Science Master's program in
1986. He earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Lehigh University in
Taylor used the foundations that he learned through Dr. Prince and his time
at ESU to become a reputable leader in his field.
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