Mike Pinter, who grew up on the family dairy farm in Morrilton and graduated from Hendrix College is the 2012 Tennessee Professor of the Year.

Pinter is professor mathematics and director of the Teaching Center at Belmont University. The award is determined by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

"I’m very excited about receiving the award which will stand as one of the highlights of my teaching career," Pinter said. "I’m honored to have been nominated by Belmont. I am also humbled by the knowledge that I’m surrounded by many gifted and dedicated teachers among our Belmont faculty whose efforts are not being publicly noted. Mostly, I’m grateful to have creative and hard-working students and colleagues who help me to continually develop by challenging me to keep my imagination alive for teaching and learning ideas."

This year, a state Professor of the Year was recognized in 30 states and Washington, D.C. Pinter was selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.