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CEHD Honors Transformational Leaders at Dean’s Roundtable

CEHD Honors Transformational Leaders at Dean’s Roundtable
May 12, 2022 Ruben Hidalgo

CEHD Honors Transformational Leaders at Dean’s Roundtable


The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University honored 26 transformational leaders at the 2022 Dean’s Roundtable on Friday, May 6th at the Hildebrand Equine Complex in College Station, Texas.

dr. grace butler addresses dean's roundtable

Dr. Grace Butler, the first African American woman to earn a full professorship at Texas A&M, delivered the keynote address. Her battle with Stage III colon cancer led her to found Hope Through Grace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating colorectal cancer through prevention and early detection.

For more than 30 years, members of the Dean’s Roundtable have sought to boost the work of those unsung heroes who through dedicated leadership and service to others, transform lives and enrich our world. Since 1991, benefactors have honored over 700 individuals who have been role models to their students and/or peers, mentors for new professionals, and servant leaders in their communities.  They have raised over $500,000 in support of scholarships, programs, and college initiatives.

“Sponsors of the Dean’s Roundtable elevate the accomplishments and dedication of those who encourage and inspire others to excel,” stated CEHD Interim Dean Michael A. de Miranda.  “This recognition serves as an index of the college’s efforts to promote a Culture of Excellence and the ideals we hope all Texas A&M graduates will follow.”

The 2022 Dean’s Roundtable honorees include superintendents, administrators, classroom teachers, professors, and those professionals who have devoted their careers to helping others. They include:

Dr. Mary Alfred Retired Professor and Interim Department Head in Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Dr. Nance Algert Clinical Professor Emerita Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Suzeana Barrera District PK-5 Literacy Facilitator Grand Prairie ISD – Grand Prairie, Texas
Gary Blair Retired Women’s College Basketball Coach Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas
Mary Jane Bowman Director of Literacy, Dyslexia and Academic Interventions Grand Prairie ISD – Grand Prairie, Texas
Jennifer Brewer English Language Arts and Reading Curriculum Specialist (grades 5-8) Dickinson ISD  – Dickinson, Texas
Dr. Grace Butler Founder Hope Through Grace, Inc. – Houston, Texas
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan President Valley Speech Language and Learning Center – Brownsville, Texas
Susan Cook Reading/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist (grades PK-4) Dickinson ISD – Dickinson, Texas
Dr. Jon Denton (posthumoustly) Professor Emeritus Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas
Dr. Larry Dooley Retired Associate Professor Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Eric Eaks Director of Fine Arts College Station ISD – College Station, Texas
Dr. Lupita Hinojosa Superintendent of Schools Spring ISD – Houston, Texas
Dr. Joyce Juntune Instructional Professor Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Sally Kallina Retired Academic Advisor Texas A&M College of education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Dr. Larry Kelly (posthumoustly) Clinical Professor Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Angela Martinez Assistant Principal Ellisor Elementary (Magnolia ISD) – Magnolia, Texas
Susan Moreno Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Rogers Heritage High School (Rogers Public Schools)  – Rogers, Arkansas
Dr. Jeff Pack Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services Dickinson ISD – Dickinson, Texas
Dr. Gail Pritchard Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs – Pre-Clerkship Texas A&M College of Medicine – College Station, Texas
Dr. Melinda Sheffield-Moore Senior Vice President and Dean The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Galveston, Texas
Dr. Laura Stough Professor Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development – College Station, Texas
Jennifer Grant Tollette ‘88 6th Grade Math Teacher Bradley Middle School (North East ISD) – San Antonio, Texas
Emily Truss Algebra I Teacher and Math Department Head Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie ISD) – Grand Prairie, Texas
Carla Voelkel Superintendent Dickinson ISD  – Dickinson, Texas
Dr. LaVerne Young-Hawkins Retired Associate Professor Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

The College of Education and Human Development is committed to enhancing education and health outcomes for all. By partnering with the college, members of the Dean’s Roundtable make an investment in the future of Texas and the nation. For more information, contact Jody Ford at jford@txamfoundation.com  or (979) 847-8655

Click HERE for photos from the 2022 Dean’s Roundtable ceremony.

For media inquiries, contact Ruben Hidalgo.

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