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Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Gifts to WT may be used to endow professorships, offering opportunities for exceptional faculty members by providing additional resources for teaching, research and professional activities and development. Faculty members benefit from the coveted title, and students glean from the professor’s academic insight and leadership. This helps enrich the life of the University and strengthen the foundation of academic excellence.

Endowed Giving Policy

Endowed Chairs

An endowed chair provides the University a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty. Funds from the endowment allow WTAMU to reward scholarly excellence and encourage research while enhancing program growth and development. An endowed chair is a coveted position that brings prestige and distinction to a college discipline while providing faculty support for research and creative work. It offers opportunities for program growth and development and recognizes scholarly excellence. Endowed chair positions recognize the generosity of donors in perpetuity and serve as a valuable tool in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members.

  • $1.25 million - Endowed Chair
  • $2.5 million - Distinguished Chair

Professorships

A professorship expands opportunities for exceptional faculty members by providing additional resources for teaching, research and professional activities and development. Faculty members benefit from the coveted title, and students glean from the professor’s academic insight and leadership.

  • $125,000 - Professorship
  • $250,000 - Distinguished Professorship

Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Dr. Ty Lawrence

Caviness Davis Distinguished Chair in Meat Science

Dr. Ty Lawrence

The Caviness Davis Distinguished Chair in Meat Science was established in 2021 by Caviness Beef Packers and Gordon W. Davis in recognition and support of the pursuit of excellence by the Meat Science Program at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Johnson

James A. "Buddy" Davidson Professorship of Wildlife Biology

Dr. James Brad Johnson

The James A. “Buddy” Davidson Endowed Professorship in Wildlife Biology was established in 2012 by the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation to support a hands-on faculty member’s teaching and research activities utilizing a variety of environments and outdoor learning experiences.

Dr. Loni Lucherk

Dr. Gordon W. Davis Chair in Meat Judging

Dr. Loni Lucherk

The Dr. Gordon W. Davis Chair in Meat Judging was established in 2021 by Gordon W. Davis in recognition and support of the pursuit of excellence by the Meat Judging Program at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. John Pipkin

Paul Engler Professorship of Animal Science

Dr. John Pipkin

The Paul Engler Professorship of Animal Science was established in 2018 by the Paul and Virginia Engler Foundation.  The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the animal science program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

Dr. John Richeson

Paul Engler Professorship of Beef Cattle Feedlot Management

Dr. John Richeson

The Paul Engler Professorship of Beef Cattle Feedlot Management was established in 2021 by the Paul and Virginia Engler Foundation.  The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the feedlot management program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

Dr. David Khan

Paul Engler Professorship of Natural Sciences

Dr. David Khan

The Paul Engler Professorship of Natural Sciences was established in 2021 by the Paul and Virginia Engler Foundation.  The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the natural sciences programs at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.

Dr. Brock Blaser

Vernon Harman Professor of Dryland Farming

Dr. Brock Blaser

The Vernon Harman Professorship of Dryland Farming was established in 2021 with gifts from the Harman family.  The professorship recognizes Vernon Harman and his family as tremendous examples of successful Texas Panhandle farmers and their support of continuous improvement farming in the community through education and research.

Dr. Tommy Perkins

Dean Hawkins Chair in Cow/Calf Management

Dr. Tommy Perkins

Dr. Dean Hawkins Endowed Chair in Cow/Calf Management was established in 2018 to honor Dr. Hawkins’ commitment to West Texas A&M University and the Texas Panhandle.

Dr. Mallory Vestal

Plug Piehl Professor of Agriculture

Dr. Mallory Vestal

The Plug Piehl Professor of Agriculture was established in 2021 by Helen and LaDeanna Plug Piehlf to advance the mission and student engagement of the Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Craig Bednarz

Stan and Gerry Sigman Professor of Water Resources

Dr. Craig Bednarz

The Stan and Gerry Sigman Professorship of Water Resources was established in 2021 by the Sigman family to support teaching and research programs related to water utilization.

Dr. Kevin Williams

Richard and Mary West Traylor Professorship

Dr. Kevin Williams

The Richard and Mary West Traylor Professorship in Agriculture Education was established in 2019 by a generous contribution in memory of Geneva Schaeffer and in honor of Mr. Stanley Schaeffer.  Mary West was a dear friend of Geneva Schaeffer, and the professorship honors Richard and Mary West Traylor for their commitment to supporting the development of future agriculture educators.

Dr. Jason Yarbrough

Ross W. Wilson Chair in Chemistry

Dr. Jason Yarbrough

The Ross W. Wilson Chair in Chemistry is the first endowed chair in the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering. It was established by gifts from the late Ross W. Wilson, a 1938 graduate of WT, and the estate of Hazel Kelley Wilson to honor both Ora Mae Harris Wilson, a 1938 WT graduate and wife of Ross W. Wilson, and Dr. Charles A. Pierle, who taught chemistry at WT from 1922-1954.

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business

Leslie Ramos-Salazar

Amjad Abdullat Professorship of Business

Dr. Leslie Ramos-Salazar

The Amjad A. Abdullat Professorship of Business was established in 2018 by Drs. Amjad Abdullat and Taghreed Maaytah, and Friends of the Engler College of Business. The purpose of the professorship is to enhance student engagement opportunities and innovation across the business curriculum.

Neil Meredith

Hassan and Jill Dana Professorship of Business

Dr. Neil Meredith

The Dana Professorship of Business was established in 2015 by Hassan and Jill Dana. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting academic excellence, discovery, and innovation for the faculty, students, and regional community supported by West Texas A&M University and the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

Sharon Burnett

Gene Edwards Professorship of Accounting

Dr. Sharon Burnett

The Gene Edwards Professorship was established in 2015 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Accounting. The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

Barbara Wang

Gene Edwards Professorship of Banking

Dr. Huabing Wang

The Gene Edwards Professorship was established in 1984 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Banking. The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

Anne Macy

Gene Edwards Professorship of Finance

Dr. Anne Macy Terry

The Gene Edwards Professorship was established in 1984 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

Oscar Solis

Gene Edwards Professorship of Financial Planning

Dr. Oscar Solis

The Gene Edwards Professorship was established in 2013 by friends of Gene Edwards to provide an endowment for funding the Edwards Professorship of Financial Planning.  The professorship is in honor of Gene Edwards, a distinguished Texas banker who enhanced both business and community development through his leadership at the First National Bank of Amarillo.

Dr. Neil Terry

Engler Professorship of Economics

Dr. Neil Terry

The Engler Professorship of Economics was established in 2020 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding economics faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

Kelly McCauley

Engler Professorship of Management

Dr. Kelly McCauley

The Engler Professorship of Management was established in 2019 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding management faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

De'Arno De'Armond

Paul Engler Professorship of Business

Dr. De'Arno De'Armond

The Paul Engler Professorship was established in 2019 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

Jillian Yarbrough

Virginia Engler Professorship of Business

Dr. Jillian Yarbrough

The Virginia Engler Professorship was established in 2018 by the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mission of the business program at West Texas A&M University by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an outstanding faculty member in the Engler College of Business.

Trevor Watkins

J.W. & Nell Foust Professorship of Business

Dr. Trevor Watkins

Friends of the Engler College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation established the Foust Professorship of Business in 2019 to honor the legacy of J.W. and Nell Foust. The professorship is established to advance the mission of the Engler College of Business and honor of the legacy of J.W. and Nell Foust as Texas Panhandle business pioneers.

Xiaolin Lin

Dr. Phil Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems

Dr. Xiaolin Lin

The Gensler Professorship was established in 2007 by friends and former students of Dr. Phil Gensler to provide an endowment for funding the Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems. The professorship is in honor of Dr. Phil Gensler, a distinguished computer information systems professor who, through 20 years of professional leadership and dedication to students, provided exceptional opportunities for graduates in computer information systems.

R. Nicholas Gerlich

J. Pat Hickman Professorship of Marketing

Dr. Nick Gerlich

The Hickman Professorship was established in 2008 by Happy State Bank to provide an endowment for funding the Hickman Professorship of Marketing and Business. The professorship is in honor of Mr. J. Pat Hickman, a Texas Panhandle banker that provides leadership to Happy State Bank with a spirited entrepreneurial vision.

John Francois

Donald W. Hodges Professorship of Business

Dr. John Francois

The Donald W. Hodges Professorship of Business was established by Hodges Capital Management and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation in 2020. The professorship was created for the purpose of enhancing high quality instruction and research in the areas of business ethics and corporate governance at West Texas A&M University.

Jim Owens

Donald W. Hodges Professorship of Corporate Governance

Dr. James Owens

The Donald W. Hodges Professorship of Corporate Governance was established by Don & Freddie Hodges and Hodges Capital Management in 2013. The professorship was created for the purpose of enhancing high quality instruction and research in the areas of corporate governance and business ethics at West Texas A&M University.

Ashley Morgan

Dr. Anne Macy Professorship of Business

Dr. Ashley Morgan

The Macy Professorship of Business was established in 2020 by Drs. Neil and Anne Macy Terry with the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation.  The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting continuous improvement efforts that advance the business program at West Texas A&M University.

Darlene Pulliam

McCray Professorship of Business

Dr. Darlene Pulliam

The McCray Professorship was established in 2007 by James B. and Mogie R. McCray to provide an endowment for funding the McCray Professorship in Business. The professorship recognizes the McCray family as generous business leaders promoting high-quality instruction and scholarship in the Texas Panhandle.

Dr. Liang Chen

McCray Professorship of Business Analytics

Dr. Liang Chen

The McCray Professorship was established in 2021 by James B. and Mogie R. McCray to provide an endowment for funding the McCray Professorship in Business Analytics.  The professorship recognizes the McCray family as generous business leaders promoting high-quality instruction and scholarship in the Texas Panhandle.

Marisa Crisostomo

Dr. Jerry Miller Professorship of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Marisa Crisostomo

The Dr. Jerry Miller Professorship was established in 2010 by Dr. Jerry Miller, a distinguished scholar, dedicated professor, entrepreneur, community leader, and innovative former dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting the continued student, faculty, and community entrepreneurship activities at West Texas A&M University.

Robin Patterson

Don Patterson Professorship of Business Law

Dr. Robin Patterson

Don Patterson, a 1952 graduate of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, established the Patterson Professorship of Business Law in 2013. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting academic excellence, discovery, and innovation for the faculty, students, and regional community supported by West Texas A&M University and the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

Sean Humpherys

T. Boone Pickens Professorship of Business

Dr. Sean Humpherys

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2007 by Mr. T. Boone Pickens, a distinguished oil and gas industry leader. The professorship is created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence, enhancing creative thought and challenging business students at West Texas A&M University.

Eric Hoffman

T. Boone Pickens Professor of Economics

Dr. Eric Hoffmann

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2019 by friends of the College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The professorship is created to honor the legacy of Mr. T. Boone Pickens for his efforts to advance the College of Business at West Texas A&M University.

Jonathan Shaffer

T. Boone Pickens Professor of Management

Dr. Jonathan Shaffer

The Pickens Professorship was established in 2010 by Mr. T. Boone Pickens, a distinguished oil and gas industry leader. The professorship is created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence, enhancing creative thought and challenging business students at West Texas A&M University.

Karyn Friske

Stanley Schaeffer Professorship of Business Ethics

Dr. Karyn Friske

The Stanley Schaeffer Professorship for Business Ethics was established in 2010 by Mr. Stanley Schaeffer, a distinguished alumni, business leader, and philanthropist. This professorship was created for the purpose of stimulating academic excellence and enhancing an appreciation of ethical leadership for business students at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Jeffry Babb

Stan Sigman Professorship of Business

Dr. Jeffry Babb

The Sigman Professorship in Business was established in 2021 by the friends and family of Stan Sigman to honor his legacy, accomplishments and contributions.  In gratitude for the establishment of the professorship, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, in coordination with the Engler Foundation, provided matching funds for the Stan Sigman Endowed Professorship in Business.

Bin Shao

Drs. Neil and Anne Terry Professorship of Business

Dr. Bin Shao

The Terry Professorship of Business was established in 2013 by Drs. Neil and Anne Macy Terry. The professorship was created for the purpose of supporting continuous improvement efforts that advance the business program at West Texas A&M University.

Robert King

David Wilder Professor of Business

Dr. Robert King

The David Wilder Professorship was established in 2018 by Friends of the Engler College of Business and the Paul & Virginia Engler Foundation. The professorship recognizes the dedicated service and commitment Mr. Wilder provides the business program at West Texas A&M University. The purpose of the professorship is to encourage and reward teaching excellence in support of students in the Texas Panhandle and beyond.

Andrew Li

Don Williams Professor of Management

Dr. Andrew Li

The Williams Professorship of Management was established in 2010 by Mr. Don Williams, a distinguished entrepreneur, community leader and supporter of excellence in education from Plainview, Texas.

Terry B. Rogers College Of Education And Social Sciences

Dr. Reed Welch

Teel Bivins Professor of American Politics

Dr. Reed Welch

The Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science was established in 2008, and its overwhelming support enabled the University to establish the Teel Bivins Professorship of American Politics in 2011. The professorship was funded through gifts from family, friends and colleagues of the late Ambassador Bivins and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.

Dr. Dave Rausch

Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science

Dr. Dave Rausch

The Teel Bivins Professorship of Political Science was announced in 2008 to pay tribute to Ambassador Teel Bivins of Amarillo for his visionary leadership and the many significant contributions he made in the field of political science. The professorship was established through gifts from Bivins’ family, friends and colleagues and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation.

Dr. Russell Miller

Lanna and Bob Hatton Professor of Education

Dr. Russell Miller

The Lanna and Bob Hatton Professor of Education was established in 2022 by Bob and Lanna Hatton. The professorship supports teaching and research initiatives enhancing the quality of virtual instruction and learning.

Dr. Michelle Simmons

Lanna Hatton Professor of Learning Disabilities

Dr. Michelle Simmons

The Lanna Hatton Professor of Learning Disabilities was established in 2020 by Bob and Lanna Hatton.  The professorship seeks to improve the quality of educational programs at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Beth Garcia

Sylvia Nugent Professorship of Education

Dr. Beth Garcia

The Nugent Endowed Professorship of Education was established in 2021 to honor Sylvia Nugent. Mrs. Nugent’s career highlights include political consulting, fundraising, chief of staff, and related for key political leaders, including Mac Thornberry (27-year partnership) and Four Price. The purpose of the professorship is to enhance student engagement opportunities, critical thinking, and innovation by supporting the teaching, research, and service activities of an exceptional faculty member in the Department of Education at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Shanna Peeples

John G. O'Brien Distinguished Chair in Education

Dr. Shanna Peeples

The John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education was established in 2008 by members of the John G. O’Brien family, the Amarillo Area Foundation and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation. The chair honors O’Brien, who instilledin his family a profound dedication to strengthening public school education in the Texas Panhandle. It establishes a collaborative enterprise between WTAMU and the Amarillo Independent School District to create and implement a state-of-the-art professional development school model for teacher preparation—a model designed to ensure WTAMU students are well prepared to successfully teach in 21st century classrooms.

Dr. Ashley Campbell

Helen Piehl Professor of Education

Dr. Ashley Campbell

The Helen Piehl Professorship of Education was established in December 2008 as a Centennial Leadership Gift from Helen Piehl, the 2007-2008 WTAMU Foundation president.

Campbell teaches science methods and is a member of the Association for Science Teacher Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the Southwest Educational Research Association and the Science Teachers Association. She also serves as co-chairman of the annual Panhandle Area Math and Science Conference at WTAMU.

Dr. Mikyung Shin

Bill Piehl Professor of Education and Social Sciences

Dr. Mikyung Shin

The Bil Piehl Professorship of Education and Socia Science was established in 2021 by Helen and Puff Piehlf to directly or indirectly benefit students with learning differences through teaching, research, and service.

Dr. Eddie Henderson

Myrna Raffkind Professor of Global Education

Dr. Eddie Henderson

The Raffkind Professorship was established in 2022 by Friends of the College of Education & Social Science to honor Myrna Raffkind. The purpose of the professorship is to advance the mobility of students and scholars who go to another part of the world to study, research, and teach.

Dr. Betty Coneway

Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences

Dr. Betty Coneway

The Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Services was established by distinguished WTAMU alumna and philanthropist Geneva Schaeffer in 2010 to stimulate academic excellence and enhance scholarship, research and instruction for faculty in the College of Education and Social Sciences.

College of Engineering

Dr. Nathaniel Howell

Bell Helicopter Professor of Engineering

Dr. Nathaniel Howell

The Bell Professorship in Engineering was established in 2012. Since the beginning of the engineering program at WT, Bell Helicopter has been one of its most generous and loyal supporters. This faculty endowment allows the program to retain and recruit faculty members who will continue to advance engineering at WT.

Dr. Pam Lockwood-Cooke

Clair Mayes Professorship of Mathematics

Dr. Pam Lockwood-Cooke

The Mayes Professorship of Mathematics was established in 2021 to honor Clair Mayes. He was a starter as an offensive guard at the University of Oklahoma in the 1950 National Championship season.  The Chicago Bears drafted Clair in the 1951 NFL Draft, but because of the U.S. Army draft, he never had a chance to play for the Bears.  Coach Mayes began his teaching and coaching career at Palo Duro High School in 1955, teaching algebra. He retired after completing 40 years in education, all in Amarillo. The faculty member holding the Mayes Professorship should be an educator with a desire to mentor and inspire students in a positive way consistent with the legacy of Coach Clair Mayes.

Dr. Anitha Subburaj

McFather Professorship in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics

Dr. Anitha Subburaj

The McFather Professorship of Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science was established in 2022 to honor Shane McFather. The faculty member holding the McFather Professorship should be an engineer, computer scientist, or mathematician with a desire to inspire underrepresented groups in STEM fields while developing innovative technologies that impact the immediate needs of society that is consistent with the legacy of Shane McFather: See the good, be the good.

Sybil B. Harrington College Of Fine Arts And Humanities

Jon Revett

Doris Alexander Distinguished Professorship of Fine Arts

Jon Revett

For over 40 years, Doris Alexander has been a driving force in the advancement of the Fine Arts in the Panhandle of Texas. Her resume of leadership touches every single one of the Fine Arts disciplines in one way or another. In her 6 year stint as a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Commission of the Arts she chaired the marketing campaign which sold over $2,000,000 worth of “State of the Arts” license plates benefitting the commission whose responsibility is to grant funds to arts entities all over the state. This professorship honors Doris Alexander and her exceptional commitment to the fine arts.

Dr. Mark Bartley

Lillith Brainard Professorship of Music

Dr. Mark Bartley

The Lilith Brainard Professorship of Music was established in 2013 in honor of Lilith Brainard and her commitment to the arts at WT. Recipients have a demonstrated record that advances the School of Music’s mission via distinctive teaching, research and/or service activities.

Callie Hisek

Royal R. Brantley Professorship in Theatre Studies

Callie Hisek

The professorship was created to honor the service and commitment of Royal R. Brantley to the many theatre students, faculty and professionals during his tenure at WTAMU. The professorship will be a three year rotating award and will be awarded to a theatre faculty member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the high ideals of the theatre program at WTAMU.

Helen Blackburn

Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair in Music

Helen Blackburn

The Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair in Music was established in 2008 by James Franklin as a permanent and perpetual tribute to his beloved wife.

Dr. Alex Hunt

Haley Endowed Professor of Western Studies

Dr. Alex Hunt

This fund is being created as part of the Haley Family Western Heritage Program at WTAMU to honor J. Evetts Haley, Sr.  who graduated from West Texas Normal College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1925. Designed  to create a working research relationship between West Texas A&M University and the Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library and the J. Evetts Haley Historical Center in Midland the professorship is awarded to either a qualified History Professor of a professor within the EMPL whose focus is Western Literature.

Dr. Mathhew Harrison

Wendy Marsh Professorship for Shakespeare Studies

Dr. Matthew Harrison

The Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Professorship in Shakespeare Studies was established in 1995 through the generosity of Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 to promote the teaching of Shakespeare at WTAMU, in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.

Dr. Mary Liz Brooks

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of Communication

Dr. Mary Liz Brooks

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter served as a Professor of English at West Texas State University from 1959-1961. Dr. Porter published numerous poems and books, earning multiple prestigious awards from the Poetry Society of America and the title of Poet Laureate of Texas. The purpose of the Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of Communication is to advance the Texas Poets’ Corner mission, enhance student engagement opportunities, and support the intellectual/creative contributions of a deserving faculty member at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Patricia Tyrer

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of English

Dr. Patricia Tyrer

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter served as a Professor of English at West Texas State University from 1959-1961. Dr. Porter published numerous poems and books, earning multiple prestigious awards from the Poetry Society of America and the title of Poet Laureate of Texas. The purpose of the Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of English is to advance the Texas Poets’ Corner mission, enhance student engagement opportunities, and support the intellectual/creative contributions of a deserving faculty member at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Marty Kuhlman

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of History

Dr. Marty Kuhlman

Dr. Jenny Lind Porter served as a Professor of English at West Texas State University from 1959-1961. Dr. Porter published numerous poems and books, earning multiple prestigious awards from the Poetry Society of America and the title of Poet Laureate of Texas. The purpose of the Dr. Jenny Lind Porter Professorship of History is to advance the Texas Poets’ Corner mission, enhance student engagement opportunities, and support the intellectual/creative contributions of a deserving faculty member at West Texas A&M University.

Dr. Bruce Brasington

Twanna Caddell Powell Professorship of History

Dr. Bruce Brasington

The Twanna Caddell Powell Endowed Professorship was established in 2021 by Don and Twanna Powell.  The purpose of the professorship is to enhance the student learning experience by supporting an exceptional faculty member in the history department.

College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

 Priscella Correa

Baptist Community Services Professorship

Priscella Correa

High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation is the grantmaking arm of Baptist Community Services, a Texas nonprofit organization affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation promotes healthcare services in the region, including through this professorship of nursing.

Alee Friemel

Northwest Texas Healthcare System/Eunice King Professorship in Nursing

Alee Friemel, MSN RN

The Northwest Texas Healthcare System – Eunice King Professorship in Nursing was established through a generous donation from Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems (NWTHS) to honor the life of Eunice Bassett King.  Family and friends have joined the effort to provide a lasting tribute in memory of an exceptional individual who profoundly impacted nursing and health care in Texas.

Kristin Westbrook

Dr. Wesley L. Langham Professorship of Nursing

Kristin Westbrook, MSN RN

The Dr. Wesley L. Langham Professor of Nursing was established in 2021 by Baptist Community Services and High Plains Christian Ministries.  The professorship honors Dr. Langham for his service as a long-time officer of Baptist Community Services.  The purpose of the professorship is to support excellence in nursing education and patient care in West Texas.

Austin Wiseman

Mary Wendler Professorship of Nursing Practice

Austin Wiseman, MSN RN

The Mary Wendler Professor of Nursing Practice was established in 2021 by Baptist Community Services and High Plains Christian Ministries.  The professorship honors Mary Wendler for her service and contributions to the nursing profession.  The professorship supports excellence in nursing education and patient care in West Texas.

Traci Fredman

S.S. "Buddy" Stephens Professorship of Communication Disorders

Traci Fredman

The S.S. “Buddy” Stephens Professorship of Communication Disorders was established in 2012 in honor of Stephens, a WT alumnus who dedicated more than 50 years of his professional career to speech-language pathology and the Department of Communication Disorders at WT. He founded the Amarillo Speech-Language-Hearing Center in 1959 and served as its director while mentoring WT students and providing them opportunities to earn clinical teaching hours. He is an advocate for rural health for children and pioneered rural outreach of speech-language and hearing services for children throughout the Texas Panhandle.