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A Texas Woman’s University professor currently on leave
while working in the nation’s capital will return to
the Denton campus Saturday, Dec. 18, to address graduates
during the morning commencement ceremony.
Dr. Robert Martin,
a professor in TWU’s School of Library and Information
Studies, currently serves as director of the Institute of
Museum and Library Services. He will speak during the first
of three commencement ceremonies scheduled in the Kitty Magee
Arena in Pioneer Hall, located on Bell Avenue. Students and
family members who have tickets are invited to attend.
Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks,
president and CEO of the Dallas Urban League and a 1999 TWU
Distinguished Alumna, will deliver the commencement address
during the noon ceremony. Liza Lee, executive director of
the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation and former headmistress
of The Hockaday School, is the speaker for the 3 p.m. ceremony.
commencement, scheduled Sunday, Dec. 19, will include the
presentation of an honorary doctorate to Dr. Richard E. Wainerdi,
CEO and chief operating officer of the Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Ann Stuart will preside at each ceremony, which includes
an academic procession, conferring of degrees and a commencement
undergraduate and 486 graduate degrees will be awarded.
Times for commencement
reflect candidate assignments based on specific schools and
colleges participating in the ceremonies listed below. Receptions
for each ceremony will follow on the second floor of the Student
Center, located at Bell Avenue and Administration Drive.
- 9 a.m. —
Ceremony I for candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences.
A reception will follow from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Noon —
Ceremony II for candidates from the College of Health Sciences
and the College of Nursing. A reception will follow from
- 3 p.m. —
Ceremony III for candidates from the College of Professional
Education. A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
W. Bush nominated Dr. Martin in June 2001 to serve as director
of the IMLS, a federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating
and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and
museums serve their communities. Dr. Martin is the first librarian
to lead the institute.
Dr. Martin served
as director and librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives
Commission prior to joining the TWU faculty in 1999.
As director of
the IMLS, Dr. Martin was instrumental in launching a new grant
program in 2002 to recruit and educate the next generation
of librarians. The program seeks to offset a pending national
shortage of librarians due to retirements. He also advanced
the role of libraries and museums at the first-ever United
Nations World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva,
Switzerland, in December 2003. Representing the United States
in a session on Cultural Policies in Knowledge Societies,
Dr. Martin shared a vision of a truly inclusive information
society and assisted in the drafting of the resulting ministerial
earned her master’s degree in genetics from TWU in 1970,
becoming the first African-American to gain a master of science
degree in pure science from the university. She earned her
doctorate in molecular biology/biochemistry through a joint
program between TWU and the University of Texas Southwestern
Medical School in Dallas.
She worked as an
environmental specialist for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the city of Dallas, as well as on the faculties
of Northlake College and Bishop College. She currently serves
as an adjunct professor in anatomy and physiology at El Centro
previously served as executive director of the Greater Dallas
Community Relations Commission, where she implemented the
city’s first race relations conference and developed
the first Martin Luther King Institute. In 1990, she became
the first woman to head the Dallas Urban League. Under her
leadership, the league implemented the city’s first
“Building Bridges of Understanding” program and
built the league’s first permanent headquarters and
state-of-the-art technology center in the heart of Oak Cliff.
Lee, a nationally
known leader in all-girls education, served as headmistress
of The Hockaday School in Dallas for 14 years before becoming
executive director of the Young Women’s Leadership Foundation
earlier this year. The foundation supports an all-girls public
school that opened in Dallas in August.
leadership, The Hockaday School increased its minority enrollment
from 16 percent to 25 percent, and total enrollment grew 20
percent. Annual giving doubled to $1.1 million, and the school
completed a five-year capital campaign that raised $54 million
for buildings and endowment.
Lee is past president
of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls.
She is board chair for St. Philip’s School, an African-American
private elementary school in Dallas. Lee also serves on the
advisory boards of the Dallas Women’s Foundation and
the Dallas Performing Arts Center. She has received numerous
awards, including The Maura Award, given by Southern Methodist
University to recognize outstanding contributions to improving
the lives of women and girls in the Metroplex; the Excellence
in Education Award given by the Dallas Historical Society;
and the Girls’ Champion Award, given by Girls’
The Houston ceremony
will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the General
Assembly Hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Karen
Ross, executive director of CHRISTUS Spohn Physical Therapy
& Rehabilitation, will be the speaker.
Tel: (940) 898-3456