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2017 Alumni Ambassador

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Dr. Sherilyn Emberton

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton became the 13th president of Huntington University in 2013, serving as the first female to hold that office in the institution’s 118 year history. Since serving at HU, she has helped to launch HU’s first doctoral program, the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies, the Institute for Leadership & Counseling and the satellite campus in Peoria, Arizona.

Prior to accepting the presidency at Huntington, Emberton served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, as well as provost at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, again serving as the first female in either of those positions. Emberton began her career in Christian higher education at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, leading its new teacher education program. In 2005, she was named the associate vice president for academic affairs for the institution. Prior to that, she served as the director of applied projects for the Texas State Technical College system.

She completed a doctoral degree in education in 1999 from Texas A&M University-Commerce and undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981.

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Professor Emeritus certificate presentations

The Department is pleased to recognize three new Emeritus Professors

Dr. James Tunnell, Dr. Robert Munday

and Dr. Robert Windham

The presentation took place on February 22nd at 4:00pm in Conference Room A of the Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus. 

Dr. James Tunnell

Dr. James Tunnell served as Professor in the department of Secondary & Higher Education. Dr. Tunnell joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1971 and served as Associate Professor and then Professor for 30 years. He advised 79 doctoral graduates, researched and published regularly, and presented at several conferences at the state, national, and international level. During his tenure, he advocated for student access by offering classes on the weekends.  Dr. Tunnell also developed the Center for Community College Education which facilitated communication and collaboration between the region’s community colleges and the university.

Dr. Robert Munday

Dr. Robert Munday served as Professor and Head of the department of Secondary & Higher Education. Dr. Munday joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1965; his career spanned 36 years. He advised 72 doctoral graduates, regularly published and presented in his field, and sought external grant funding for teaching excellence (two projects funded at over $100,000 each). During his tenure, he received the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award and served on over 40 university committees.

Dr. Robert Windham

Dr. Robert Windham served as Professor in the department of Secondary & Higher Education. Dr. Windham joined the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1972 and served as Associate Professor and then Professor over 29 years. During his tenure, he advised 47 doctoral graduates, researched and published regularly, and obtained grant funding in excess of $200,000 for the university. Dr. Windham also served on a variety of university committees and community organizations.