Maurice Phipps, professor of health, physical education and recreation, took the oath of allegiance to become a citizen of the U.S. at a ceremony in Charlotte on Tuesday, April 26.
Phipps, who was born in the United Kingdom and also has worked and taught in Australia, said that, after living in the U.S. since graduate school, he thought it was time. “I finally felt half and half – half British and half American,” he said. “Going through the ceremony while Obama is President was a big deal to me as is the ability to vote.”
The process was easier and shorter than he expected. “Some ex-pat friends had a three-year application process; mine was only about nine months,” Phipps said. “I got a special break on the civics questions. I am over 65, so I only had to study 20 questions instead of 100.”
An interview with Phipps was published in The Reporter in 2009.