Monthly News Archives: September 2019

HPU finalizes preparations for presidential inauguration of Dr. Cory Hines

Howard Payne University is readying the final details for events related to the inauguration of Cory Hines, Ph.D., as the institution’s 20th president. Inauguration activities are scheduled for September 17-21, 2019, with the Inauguration Ceremony to be held on September 18 at 2 p.m. in Mims Auditorium.

For those who are unable to attend the Inauguration Ceremony, HPU has announced that the event will be available to view by livestream on the official HPU Facebook page ( The livestream will also be accessible from the university’s website (

In addition to the Inauguration Ceremony, the public is also invited to the Inaugural Chapel Service at 10 a.m. on September 18; the Inaugural Reception, following the Inauguration Ceremony; and the Inaugural HPU Family Tailgate, scheduled for 11 a.m. on September 21, preceding the HPU football game at Gordon Wood Stadium. Details on inauguration activities are available at

Dr. Hines, a native of Gainesville, Texas, earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education from HPU in 1997. He pursued graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in Christian education in 2000, and Dallas Baptist University, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership studies – higher education in 2012.

Prior to his return to HPU, Dr. Hines served as an administrator at Dallas Baptist University. During his years at DBU, he held various leadership roles as vice president in the areas of enrollment, advancement, graduate affairs, external affairs, and alumni and community relations. He also taught at DBU and provided leadership in the creation of several graduate programs there. His professional experience also includes full-time ministry, having served as executive pastor and student pastor at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church (now The Avenue Church) in Waxahachie. Dr. Hines and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Mackenzie and Caleb.


Cutline: Dr. Cory Hines, pictured on the Howard Payne University campus, will be inaugurated as the institution’s 20th president on September 18

HPU’s new first family feels right at home in the heart of Texas

When Dr. Cory Hines was named president of Howard Payne University nearly six months ago, one of the many benefits that came with his new position was the opportunity to return to the Brownwood/Early area, where he felt at home as an HPU student in the 1990s.

“God blessed Howard Payne by placing it in the center of a warm community,” he said. “I knew my family would love it here.”

The Hines family recently relocated to Brownwood from Waxahachie, which had been home for more than two decades. Despite the adjustments that come with making such a move, Dr. Hines and his wife, Melinda, along with their two children, Mackenzie and Caleb, are already finding themselves right at home, settling into their new surroundings and getting involved in area activities. The family enjoys exploring the region, making new friends and getting reacquainted with familiar faces from years past.

“I’ve been overwhelmed with people being so kind, welcoming and genuinely gracious,” Mrs. Hines said. “I love the slogan ‘Feels Like Home,’ because it already does.”

Among other summer activities, Dr. and Mrs. Hines took an excursion to Lake Brownwood. Mrs. Hines has been active with plans for the HPU Women’s Club, an organization that builds friendships on campus, throughout the community and beyond. Mackenzie and Caleb went to youth camp with a local church group. The family enjoys discovering restaurants and Dr. Hines, an avid outdoorsman, eagerly anticipates opportunities for hunting and fishing. He and his family look forward to a busy autumn of events, not only at HPU but also around town and across the area.

Daughter Mackenzie is a senior at Brownwood High School and son Caleb is an eighth-grader at Brownwood Middle School. In late spring, local friends gave Brownwood Lions t-shirts to Mackenzie and Caleb, and the two began wearing their new school colors before they had even relocated to Brownwood.

“I’m looking forward to making new friends and enjoying my senior year,” Mackenzie said, while Caleb added, “I’m excited about playing basketball in Brownwood.”

Mackenzie enjoys English and art, while Caleb’s favorite subject is math. The family appreciates the helpfulness of Brownwood Independent School District personnel with scheduling classes and finalizing details for the new school year.

“Brownwood and Howard Payne already feel like home,” Dr. Hines said. “Much of what I experienced as a student way back is still true today.”

He recalls experiences such as playing Jacket Golf, a favorite HPU Yellow Jackets pastime played around campus using golf clubs and tennis balls, which he now gets to share with his family.

“I think the campus community is excited about having an alumnus as president,” he added. “There’s something fun, too, about having kids in the president’s home. That’s a lot of fun – having a Nerf gun war or their friends coming over and hanging out at the house.”

The Hines family enjoyed the whirlwind summer and looks forward to the future.

“We’re so happy to be here,” Dr. Hines said. “We can’t wait to see what God has in store for the months and years ahead.”


Cutline: Dr. Cory and Mrs. Melinda Hines, along with daughter Mackenzie and son Caleb, appreciate the warm welcome provided by the Brownwood and Early communities and look forward to an autumn full of activities.

HPU graduate Audrey Simpson named recipient of national business scholarship

Audrey Simpson, a spring 2019 graduate of Howard Payne University, was recently named one of thirty recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta National Scholarship.

Simpson graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is now studying online toward a master’s degree in marketing at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Originally from Cuero, she currently works as social media coordinator for Wes-Tex Printing in Brownwood. She also attends Brownwood Community Church and serves as a youth volunteer at the church.

“Audrey was an excellent student at HPU and has very creative ideas,” said Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s branch of Sigma Beta Delta. “She was involved in many campus activities as a student and is a perfect example of a Sigma Beta Delta member.”

Dr. Powell, Dr. Jim Finch, professor of business administration, and Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration, nominated Simpson for the scholarship, with the approval of Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting.

“I am very grateful to Dr. Powell, Dr. Finch, Professor Dillard and Dr. Lemler for nominating me and for seeing something in me,” she said. “I’m also grateful to the HPU athletic department for giving me a place to be a part of a community and to my family for being so supportive. I did this with the help of my teachers, coaches, friends, family and the faculty and staff at HPU.”

While an undergraduate student at HPU, Simpson played on the Lady Jackets softball team, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a softball representative in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also was a member of business honor societies Sigma Beta Delta and Phi Beta Lambda, the university level of Future Business Leaders of America.

Her time at HPU has influenced her both academically and professionally, but the personal lessons offered by professors and other mentors have been particularly meaningful to Simpson.

“The wisdom I took in from the faculty at HPU prepared me more than anything else,” she said. “No matter which professor was teaching the class, there was always a life lesson to go along with the topic of the day. I might not always remember the margin of safety breakeven analysis formula, but I am going to remember that my purpose in life is far more than just academics and that God placed me here for something bigger.”

Sigma Beta Delta is a national business honors society that admits members who have demonstrated scholastic excellence in business, marketing and administration. It has more than 100,000 individual members in chapters located at institutions throughout the United States.

Applications are still being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Audrey Simpson ’19 was recently named a recipient of the Sigma Beta Delta National Scholarship.

HPU to host Encounter Week fall revival

Howard Payne University will host Encounter Week fall revival services Monday, September 9, through Wednesday, September 11. The guest speaker at this year’s annual service will be Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez and worship will be led by HPU alumna Katie (Curry) Kresge ’10.

“Tiny and Katie are both committed to serving the Lord, having followed His calling for each of their lives into church and vocational ministry,” said Keith Platte, Chapel coordinator and director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry. “We, as a campus community, are blessed to hear God’s word delivered by and worship with these two talented and Christ-minded individuals.”

Dominguez is a pastor at Community Heights Church in Lubbock, where he has served since 2007. He felt called to ministry at 19, going on to serve as a youth minister in El Paso, Wichita Falls and Fort Worth. He has also worked in the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) as Hispanic Evangelism Associate, helping to lead Congreso, Campamento, Convencion and Hispanic Singles Camp. Additionally, he travels and preaches at camps, conferences and churches.

Kresge graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in theology, later earning a master’s degree in worship ministry from Dallas Baptist University. She felt called to lead worship from a young age and continues to follow this call wherever she is given the opportunity. Currently, she is worship leader for Christ Church in Cedar Park. She is married to fellow HPU alumnus Matt Kresge ’10 and has a son, Jude.

Encounter Week services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. All Encounter Week services are open to the public.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Photo #1 cutline: Daniel “Tiny” Dominguez is the scheduled speaker for HPU’s 2019 Encounter Week services.

Photo #2 cutline: Katie (Curry) Kresge ’10 will lead worship at HPU’s 2019 Encounter Week services.

HPU faculty member Stephen Goacher enjoys busy spring of concerts

Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, participated in several notable professional musical engagements during the spring of 2019.

In January, Goacher joined fellow symphony musicians of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra in a chamber music presentation at the Symphony Society Fashion Show & Fundraiser.

In February, he joined “All Hands on Deck” playing flute, clarinet and saxophone at performances in Greenville and Lubbock. The show is headquartered both on New York’s Broadway and in Branson, Missouri. Written by Jody Madaras, “All Hands on Deck” is based upon the 1942 Hollywood Victory Caravan, a travelling variety show to sell war bonds during the Second World War. Goacher frequently serves as lead woodwind during the touring company’s Texas tours.

Goacher returned to San Angelo on March 22 where he performed for the San Angelo Symphony Society in an invitation-only concert at the San Angelo Art Museum. He joined the Nashville jazz duo of singer Connye Florance and her husband, pianist Kevin Madill, performing selections from the Great American Songbook. Goacher then performed with the Temple Jazz Orchestra on March 30 at the 29th Annual Temple Jazz Festival, featuring Cuban percussionist Luis Conte.

On April 5-7, he played piccolo, flute, clarinet and tenor saxophone with the Abilene Opera Society in its production of “West Side Story.” Goacher conducted the Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble on April 13 in a performance at the Fifth Annual Eastland Jazz Festival in Eastland. He performed in an evening concert the same day with the Temple Jazz Orchestra in Georgetown at the Eastview Jazz Festival.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, performed in several notable concerts during the spring of 2019.