2020 Distinguished Awards Recipients

Distinguished Alumni

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Dr. Delbert Stanley (Stan) Carpenter

Dr. Delbert Stanley (Stan) Carpenter is the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas State University, following seven years as a department chair there and nearly 19 years as a professor of higher education administration and leadership at Texas A&M University. As dean at Texas State, Dr. Carpenter has positioned the College of Education and Human Development to achieve its mission at an emerging research university with a focus on serving Hispanic students. A signal accomplishment of the college and its faculty was the awarding of a grant from NASA for creating an Educator Professional Development Collaborative among minority-serving institutions using NASA content to help train STEM teachers and pre-service teachers in culturally sensitive ways. The project is supported by the largest grant in Texas State University history — $15 million for five years.

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Dan McCoy, M.D.

Dr. Dan McCoy is a physician, entrepreneur and communicator with a passion for improving the way healthcare is delivered for all Texans. He currently serves as the president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. As an advocate for independent physicians, he was instrumental in the creation of TMA PracticeEdge, a physician-services company that aims to help Texas physicians stay independent by assisting with the transition to value-based care. Dr. McCoy came from an established private dermatology practice at Baylor University Medical Center and the Sammons Cancer Center. When not traveling and working on behalf of Blue Cross members, he can often be found in boots and jeans on weekends enjoying the Texas Hill Country on the Pedernales River.

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Dr. Gary Moore

Dr. Gary Moore’s career arc has taken him from Lampasas High School, where he was a member of the Class of ’67; to Tarleton, where he earned a bachelor’s degree as an agricultural education teacher. Now a professor emeritus at North Carolina State, Dr. Moore’s résumé boasts entries as a sought-after keynote speaker, 148 journal publications, three books and 300 scholarly presentations. He is a member and past president of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Inc. and writes a blog, “The Friday Footnote.”

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Judge James E. Morgan

James Morgan took a circuitous route to what turned out to be a highly successful law career. And it all started at Tarleton. He was named judge of the 220th District Court of Texas in 1983, a position he held for nearly three decades. He now serves a 20-county area of the state as a senior district judge. His journey to the bench began in 1970 at Tarleton when he earned his bachelor’s degree — with honors — in agricultural education. In 1973, after completing his master’s studies, his educational trek took him to law school at the University of Texas, then a two-year stint as a business professor at Tarleton. While still teaching, he opened his law practice in De Leon in 1976.

Outstanding Young Alumnus

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Austin Large

Austin Large is a California native who now proudly calls central Texas his home. He has spent his career in agricultural education and FFA, serving in positions at the local, state and national level. Mr. Large graduated with a degree in agricultural education from California State University, Chico, and taught agricultural science until 2012, when he accepted a position as leadership development coordinator for the Texas FFA Association. While in that position he enrolled at Tarleton State University, earning his master’s in agriculture and consumer resources in 2014. After three years with the National FFA, he was named executive director of the Texas FFA in Austin. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Hutto.

Distinguished Faculty

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Dr. Steve Steed

Dr. Steve Steed landed at Tarleton in 1971, planning to teach a couple of accounting courses before he moved north and into the private sector. Nearly five decades later, he retired in 2015 as dean of Tarleton’s College of Business Administration. Dr. Steed said the moments when he reached students are his proudest accomplishments.
“We work in a field where we do not know the real result for a long, long time. But occasionally when you’re working with a student, you see that light come on. It’s a good feeling. Those of us who teach are blessed. Working with young people keeps us young. Our environment is so important.”

Distinguished Staff

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Dr. Dwayne Snider

Coming to Tarleton from Gorman as part of the freshman class of 1967, Dr. Dwayne Snider earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Tarleton in 1971 before moving to Texas Tech to earn both his master’s and doctoral degrees. Recently retired as the university’s associate provost, he returned to Tarleton in 1976 to teach, beginning a career that spanned more than four decades and left impressions on both the teacher and those he taught. Dr. Snider’s legacy at Tarleton is instilled in the L. Dwayne and Connie Snider Endowed Scholarship, created by his children in 2017.

Distinguished Friend

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Mike Brown Auto

Mike Brown Auto Group is a family owned and operated group of dealerships focusing on excellent customer service, honesty, integrity and giving to the community they love. Mr. Brown has been in the automotive business for more than 50 years and in 2001 welcomed the opportunity to start a dealership in Granbury. He and daughter Kris are driven to uphold the core values on which their company was founded. Tarleton is particularly close to Kris’ heart as she is a 1997 graduate. Her daughter, Riley, is a Tarleton Texan and on pace to graduate in 2021. They believe in the value of a quality education and Tarleton’s rich traditions as well as investing in its future. Mike Brown Auto Group looks forward to serving in this community for years to come.

Distinguished Awards

Distinguished Alumni
Col (Ret) Lacy Breckenridge

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Brady Pendleton

Distinguished Faculty/Staff
Dr. T. Lindsay Baker

Distinguished Friend
S’ville Services

Distinguished Alumni
Nancy Turley

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dr. Jason Mogoyne

Distinguished Faculty/Staff
Sandra Cox

Distinguished Friend
Stephenville City Electric, Inc.

Distinguished Alumni
Dr. A. Dwain Mayfield

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dr. Jonathan Rios

Distinguished Faculty/Staff
Dr. Linda Jones

Distinguished Friend
Alpha Building Corporation

Distinguished Alumni
Charles Gilliland

Outstanding Young Alumnus
John Considine

Distinguished Faculty
Dr. Jill Burk

Distinguished Staff
Vickie Swam

Distinguished Alumni
Leta Andrews
Marilynn Johanson
Mike Tabor

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Brittney Webb

Distinguished Faculty
Dr. Don Zelman

Distinguished Staff
Dr. Patricia Zelman

Distinguished Friend
Dr. George Henrich

Distinguished Alumni
Brigadier General George Brinegar
Ronnie Isham
Dr. Burnaby Munson

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Captain G.Shawn Tate

Distinguished Faculty
Dr. B.R. Kirkland

Distinguished Staff
Tom Robinson

Distinguished Friend
Jostens’

Distinguished Alumni
Samantha Morrow
Dr. Kenneth Wyatt

Outstanding Young Alumnus
Chris Kyle

Distinguished Faculty
Dr. Brad Chilton

Distinguished Staff
Jerry Graham