Tarleton Names del Carmen as McKenzie Family Endowed Professor

Dr. Alex del Carmen
Dr. Alex del Carmen

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University has named Dr. Alex del Carmen the 2023 McKenzie Family Endowed Professor. Candidates exemplify the highest levels of academic productivity and impact, with recognition at national and international levels.

Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Dr. del Carmen leads the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

“Dr. del Carmen is a productive and highly respected scholar in criminology and criminal justice who provides training and consultation to state, federal and international law enforcement, and interpretation and analysis to local and national media outlets,” said Dr. Diane Stearns, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Along with his influential scholarship, he was instrumental in launching our doctoral program in criminal justice and has served as an experienced and engaged mentor for our students.”

The endowed professorship was established in 2020 by Tarleton alumnus Mark McKenzie and his wife, Suzie. Endowed professorships are crucial to the university’s research efforts, funding discovery, travel and salaries for student workers.

“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the McKenzie Family Endowed Professorship. This will strengthen our ability to carry out current research projects on policing,” Dr. del Carmen said.

“I accept the endowment with a sense of humility and on behalf of all of my students and colleagues whom I have had the honor of serving throughout my career in higher education.”

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.