Convocation to Honor WTAMU Chairs and Professorships

Feb 14, 2011
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COPY BY:    Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, 

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University faculty members named to endowed chairs and professorships will be recognized at a special Chairs and Professorships Convocation from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Recital Hall.

Endowed chairs and professorships are created through generous donor contributions to the University and benefit an academic department designated specifically by the donor. The University’s first endowed position was established in 1984 with the Gene Edwards Professorship. Today the University is home to three endowed chair positions and 15 endowed professorships.

"The chairs and professorships allow West Texas A&M University to attract and retain the very best faculty to teach our students and conduct research that benefits our region," Dr. James Hallmark, provost/vice president for academic affairs, said.

Tuesday’s convocation will recognize faculty members who have been named to endowed positions as well as the donors who have made the endowed chairs and endowed professorships possible. Faculty members holding endowed positions are listed by college, endowed position and donor.

College of Business
Don Williams Professorship of Management
Dr. Andrew Li
Donor—Don Williams and Joachim Foundation

The T. Boone Pickens Professorship of Business
Dr. Karyn Friske
Donor—T. Boone Pickens

The Gene Edwards Professorship of Finance
Dr. Anne Macy
Donor—Bank of America in honor of Edwards

The Gene Edwards Professorship of Banking
Dr. Nick Gerlich
Donor—Bank of America in honor of Edwards

The Phil Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems
Dr. Musa Jafar
Donor—Friends and former students of honoree

The T. Boone Pickens Professorship of Management
Dr. Jonathan Shaffer
Donor—T. Boone Pickens

The James and Mogie McCray Professorship of Business
Dr. Darlene Pulliam
Donor—James and Mogie McCray

The J. Pat Hickman Professorship of Marketing
Dr. De’Arno De’Armond
Donor—Happy State Bank in honor of Hickman

The Dr. Jerry D. Miller Professorship of Entrepreneurship
Jean Walker
Donor—Dr. Jerry Miller

The Stanley Schaeffer Professorship of Business Ethics
Dr. Mark Keith
Donor—Stanley Schaeffer

Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities
The Yvonne Franklin Endowed Chair in Music
Recipient to be named
Donor—James Franklin as a tribute to his wife

The Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3 Endowed Professorship in Shakespeare Studies
Dr. Jeffrey Doty
Donor—Wendy and Stanley Marsh 3

College of Education and Social Sciences
The John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education
Dr. Nancy Cartwright
Donor—John G. O’Brien family, Amarillo Area Foundation and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation

The Teel Bivins Professorship of American Politics
Dr. James Calvi
Donor—Friends and family of honoree and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation

The Helen Piehl Professorship of Education
Dr. Yvette Castillo
Donor—Helen Piehl

The Teel Bivins Professorship of Political Science
Dr. David Rausch
Donor—Friends and family of honoree and the Mary E. Bivins Foundation

The Geneva Schaeffer Professorship of Education and Social Sciences
Recipient to be named
Donor—Geneva Schaeffer

College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering
The Ross W. Wilson Chair in Chemistry
Dr. Shiquan Tao
Donor—Ross W. Wilson and estate of Hazel Kelley Wilson to honor Ora Mae Harris Wilson and Dr. Charles A. Pierle