BROWNWOOD – June 21, 2023 – Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were recognized for their service during the 2022-2023 year at an annual personnel luncheon held recently on campus. Dr. Danny Brunette-López, professor of Spanish and department chair, received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Dr. Wendy McNeeley, assistant vice president for university records and dean of general education, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award. The outstanding faculty and staff awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.
HPU’s Office of University Services received the Department of the Year Award, recognizing Wes Carroll, director of university and media services, and Erin McGibeny, coordinator of university events, for their service.
Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Gina Gibbs, assistant professor of criminal justice and department chair; and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, associate professor of music, department chair and director of choral activities.
Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to Tammy Arreola, dean of students and Title IX coordinator; and Troy Drummond, head golf coach and associate athletic director of operations.
A special plaque commemorating retirement and years of service to the university was presented to Dr. Rick Beelby, professor of kinesiology and director of the Outdoor Recreation Center and physical activities courses; and Dr. Gerry Clarkson, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics and associate professor of physical science.
The following personnel also received awards:
Thirty years of service – Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, vice president for academic affairs
Twenty-five years of service – Kathy Hagood, associate professor of English; Scott Owen, assistant professor of kinesiology, department chair and director of the Elliston-Cassle Wellness Center; Diann Prickett, financial accountant/cashier; and Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and department chair
Twenty years of service – Martha Fothergill, coordinator of records and reports
Fifteen years of service – Tammy Arreola, dean of students and Title IX coordinator; Gretchen Campbell, executive assistant to the vice president for student experience, and cheer coordinator; and Dr. Kristen Hutchins, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics and professor of biology
Ten years of service – Roger Dewell, director of facilities
Five years of service – Ben Childers mechanical, electrical and plumbing supervisor; Dr. Dennis Gibson, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Physical Sciences; Becky Hair, senior financial aid specialist; Dr. Ben Martin associate vice president for enrollment management; Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands; Margarita Rodriguez, custodian; and Rebekah Sterling, communications coordinator and digital content specialist
Cutline #1: Dr. Danny Brunette-López was named the recipient of HPU’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Pictured from left to right are Lisa Underwood and Dr. Jill Underwood, representing Underwood’s Cafeteria; Dr. Brunette-López; and Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president.
Cutline #2: Dr. Wendy McNeeley was named the recipient of HPU’s Outstanding Staff Member Award. She is pictured with Lanie Spears of Porter Insurance Agency (left) and Dr. Cory Hines (right).
Cutline #3: The Office of University Services received the Department of the Year Award. Pictured from left to right are Wes Carroll, director of university and media services; Erin McGibeny, coordinator of university events; and Dr. Cory Hines.
Cutline #4: Dr. Rick Beelby (left) was recognized with a special plaque commemorating retirement and years of service to HPU. He is pictured with Dr. Cory Hines.
Cutline #5: HPU’s Dr. Gerry Clarkson (left) was recognized with a special plaque commemorating retirement and years of service to the university. He is pictured with Dr. Cory Hines.