Gillespie named Texas A&M System Regents Professor

Joe W. Gillespie

Tarleton State University

Friday, November 2, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Longtime Tarleton State University faculty member Dr. Joe W. Gillespie has been named a Regents Professor for his exemplary service to The Texas A&M University System. The recognition was announced during the regents’ regular scheduled meeting held on the campus of Texas A&M University – Kingsville, on Nov. 2.

Gillespie, professor of kinesiology, came to Tarleton in 1973 as head track coach and assistant football coach. Since his arrival on campus he has served as chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education, athletics director and spent 16 years in university administrative capacities, including dean of the College of Education.

“These awards are an opportunity for us to recognize the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing throughout the A&M System,” said Dr. Richard A. Box, chairman of the Board of Regents. “The recipients come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise, but the common thread they have is their dedication to their professions and the A&M System.”

“I am extremely pleased with the selection of Dr. Joe Gillespie, as recipient of the distinguished Regents Professor award. I congratulate him on joining the very few and elite group of Tarleton faculty who have received this honor,” said Dr. Karen Murray, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “His leadership and service to our university are truly exemplary and he is most deserving of this recognition.”

A total of 11 professors and seven fellows within the A&M System were named Regents Professors for 2011-12. The board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 and Regents Fellow Service Award program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas.

A native of Coleman, Texas, Gillespie received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry University and a master’s from Stephen F. Austin State University before earning his doctorate in education at Texas A&M. During his tenure on the Tarleton faculty, he has developed specializations in physical education, University Interscholastic League (UIL) regulations, track meet administration, exercise, health education and sports.

In spring 2011, Gillespie was among 10 Tarleton faculty members receiving the Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes superb classroom teaching skills based on student-administered evaluations.

His professional affiliations include a longtime membership in the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD), an organization in which he has served in a variety of offices and committees. His experience and reputation as a track official and meet supervisor has also earned him recognition from the UIL.

Gillespie has also been selected to the McMurry University Athletic Hall of Fame as a student-athlete, the Tarleton Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach, and the Texas A&M University College of Education Hall of Fame as an academician.

To date, 166 A&M System faculty members have been recognized with the Regents Professor Award and 96 agency professionals have received the Regents Fellow Service Award. A total of eight Tarleton faculty members have received the honor, including: Dr. Jack P. Russell (1997), director of business information engineering; Dr. William T. “Tom” Pilkington (2000), university scholar for literature and professor of English; Dr. Brad Chilton Jr. (2001), professor of business systems; Dr. James Kirby (2004), professor of mathematics; Dr. Don M. Beach (2008), professor of educational leadership; and Dr. Pam Littleton (2010), professor of mathematics; and Dr. Mallory Young, professor of English and languages (2011).


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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