Dr. Kenton Machina (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) served as the University's first Endowed Chair. The Tom and Janet Andes Professor of General Education was designed to provide intellectual support for the University?s General Education Program. In 2003, with Prof. Anu Gokhale (Technology), he administered a three-year demonstration project funded by the National Science Foundation to enhance the General Education Program?s ability to prepare students for life in a scientific and technological world. Professor Machina retired in 2006, but will occasionally agree to teach a class for the Department of Philosophy. His research interests are in the semantics of vagueness (including fuzzy logic), where his work has been internationally recognized, and with more recent interest in exploring moral accountability in the light of increased scientific understanding of the origins of human behavior.