Remembrance: Enoch Leonard Nappen, Ph.D.

Former Professor of Political Science, 1936–2023

In 1960, Enoch Nappen accepted a position teaching history and political science at what was then Monmouth College. He would remain with the institution for the next 55 years, during which time he became a beloved and respected professor and student mentor and contributed to Monmouth’s transformation into a regional university.

Nappen served as chair of the Department of Political Science in the 1980s, but teaching was always his true passion. He taught hundreds of courses through the years but was perhaps best known for teaching American National Government and Constitutional Law.

At the time of his retirement in 2015, Nappen was the longest-serving faculty member in  the University’s history. In an Outlook article celebrating his decades of service, Nappen was quoted as saying, “You wonder why I would stay here for so long, but there’s nothing better to life than where your vocation, or avocation, is something you enjoy and you’re with nice people. We have a really great department with fantastic people here.”