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Bettye Myers to retire after 54 years with TWU

8/18/15

Photo Credit: Tonya Littmann

Bettye Myers was surrounded by admirers Monday as members of the Texas Woman’s University and Denton communities marked her retirement after 54 years of service to the university.

Myers, a Cornaro Professor of Kinesiology, officially will retire on Aug. 31.

The TWU Faculty Senate dedicated its annual Ice Cream Social to Myers. Among those paying tribute to the longtime educator were university administrators, faculty, staff, current and former students, local leaders and Myers’ family members.

“You have changed students’ lives and encouraged them to change the lives of others,” Chancellor Carine M. Feyten told Myers. “You have left an indelible mark on people’s hearts.”

Charlotte “Barney” Sanborn, chair and professor emerita of kinesiology, brought in a rocking chair from Myers’ office, explaining that department faculty and staff valued the times they would sit in that chair and talk with her. With Myers sitting onstage in the chair, members of the department stood and talked about what the professor has meant to them over the years.

Provost Robert Neely noted that, “All these years of service, and you still have twice as much energy as I have.” He called Myers “an icon, not only at TWU, but also in the city of Denton” and a “role model of servant leadership.”

Myers’ service to both TWU and the Denton community was outlined in a Faculty Senate Resolution of Appreciation, presented by Faculty Senate President Liz Spoonts. Though only a brief summary, the resolution noted Myers’ role as the founding president and first speaker of the TWU Faculty Senate and her leadership positions in groups such as the TWU Alumnae Association, the Kiwanis, the United Way of Denton County and the Denton Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Myers spoke of her appreciation for TWU and for those with whom she has worked over the past 54 years.

“I have had the opportunity to love and be loved by you,” she said, and, in a sign that she isn’t completely cutting ties with the community, added these words:

“If you ever need me, call me.”

 

Written by Karen Garcia
Senior Writer
TWU Office of Marketing and Communication
kgarcia@twu.edu

 

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