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Greg Friedman, chair of TCU’s Department of Mathematics, has been named the new John William and Helen Stubbs Potter Professor of Mathematics at Texas Christian University. Friedman joined the College of Science & Engineering as an assistant professor of mathematics in 2005. He was promoted to associate professor in 2010 and then to professor in 2016. In 2019 he was named chair of the Department of Mathematics, and in 2020 Friedman received the TCU Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity.

TCU Trustee Emeritus Deedie Potter Rose ’63 and the late Edward “Rusty” Rose of Dallas established the John William and Helen Stubbs Potter Professorship of Mathematics in 1994 to honor Mrs. Rose’s parents. The Potter Professorship of Mathematics allows generations of students to learn from superb professors.

In his new role, Friedman will continue to teach courses in his area of specialization. He will also continue his work as an exemplary scholar. Much of his research has focused on geometric and algebraic topology, particularly stratified spaces, intersection homology theory, stratified knot theory, and disk knot theory. He has published nearly 40 articles in several mathematics journals and been asked to speak at workshops and seminars all over the world.

“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition from my colleagues of being named the next Potter Professor. I feel empowered to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors in serving as an ambassador of the TCU Math Department to our TCU community and beyond,” Friedman says.

Michael Kruger, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, says, “Greg’s exemplary research and teaching, belief in the teacher-scholar model, and commitment to the Mathematics Department at TCU make him the ideal person for this endowed position.”

Learn more about TCU’s Department of Mathematics.