Take a Political Philosophy professor who enjoys southern cooking and dancing with his five year old daughter to M.C. Hammer’s “Don’t Touch This” and you have Dr. Mark Millowitz.
Millowitz is the new dean for the Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is very excited about the new opportunity.
“I like working with Honors College because the experience is different than with other students. Honors College students tend to be more outgoing then other students and seem to have more tendency to take on leadership roles,” Millowitz commented.
Millowitz grew up in Alabama and went to college at Alabama State University. This is where he feel in love with both politics and philosophy. These two great loves lead to him getting a Ph.D. in Political Theory.
“There is nothing more important than government. It’s the only organization that we give the right to take away our life, liberty or freedom,” Millowitz said.
Millowitz’s favorite philosopher is Jean-Jacques Rousseau and other philosophers who study social contract theory. A theory that explains why we give government such power and what this power means for both government and citizens.
Although he is still very involved with political research in 2008 become the dean and founder of the honors College at Alabama State University. Experience that he now intends to use as the UNCP Honors College dean.
This past Summer Millowitz moved down with his wife of 18 years, Anne Millowitz and 5 year old daughter Elizabeth Millowitz.
Their daughter Elizabeth has begun Kindergarten this year, which has been hard for both of her parents;
“I think it’s always harder for the parents then the children. But she seems to be happy at school and it’s really nice to see her spread her wings so to speak,” Millowitz wistfully said. In the spring Millowitz hopes to get his daughter in girl scouts or some sort of other extra-curricular activity.
Anne Millowitz is currently a librarian at Duke University in Durham North Carolina a few days a week. Millowitz stated that although both of them work at rival universities there is no rivalry between them.
“We are both just happy that the other one has a job that they truly enjoy,” Millowitz smilingly said.
The move according to Millowitz has been an easy transition for him and his family.
“I’ve lived in the south my whole life and we have all really enjoyed living down here. Everyone around here is so nice,” Millowitz said.
Because of spending his life in the south Millowitz is also a huge fan of southern cooking.
“Asking me about my favorite Southern food is the same as asking about my favorite philosopher. There’s just too many good ones to choose from,” Millowitz commented.