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June 10th, 2009
Regents name four as Distingushed Professor Emeritus


The Texas State University System Board of Regents awarded the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus (or Emerita) to four retired Texas State professors during its June 3-5 meeting. The honorees were Barbara A. Hatcher, Wilda Furr Meixner, Paula C. Renfro and D. Theron Stimmel.

Hatcher taught form 1975 to 2008 in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She served as the assistant dean of the graduate college from 1988 to 2008. While at Texas State, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named a Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. In 1980, she influenced the creation of all-day kindergarten programs by providing research to the education committee of the Texas Legislature.

Meixner, a 21-year veteran of the Department of Accounting, directed the development of a recognized master’s of accounting degree and the five-year integrated bachelor of business administration/master’s of accountancy degree program. She was recognized by Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Beta Alpha Psi National Accounting Fraternity and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Renfro served as the acting chair, assistant chair and head of the mass communication program at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She was one of the first recipients of the Faculty Senate Everette Swinney Teaching Award. She authored the proposal for the master’s of arts in mass communication program and led the faculty push for its accreditation.

Stimmel was a professor of psychology for 40 years. He also won the Swinney Teaching Award from the Faculty Senate. His other honors include Honors Professor of the Year, Chi Omega Favorite Professor and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society Favorite Professor. He was the first chair of the Department of Psychology and served on the Faculty Senate for 12 years.

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