Several TAMUC Alumni Selected for Agriculture Teacher Hall of Fame

More than a dozen alumni of Texas A&M University-Commerce have been recognized for their contributions to agriculture education with their enshrinement into the Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas (ATAT) Hall of Fame.

The ATAT was established in 1940 to promote and advance agriculture education in Texas and provide legislative representation to safeguard agriculture education programs. The association also holds an annual statewide conference where attendees learn techniques to enhance their teaching methods, stay up-to-date with curriculum developments, learn more about industry-based student certifications and network with leaders in the profession.

Beginning in 2021, this conference has also seen inductees named to the new ATAT Hall of Fame. The hall of fame recognizes and honors agricultural science teachers who have proven their desire to provide students with opportunities for premier leadership, personal growth and career success over a significant period of time.

Beginning with the first hall of fame class in 2021, four A&M-Commerce alumni were honored. In 2022, 11 more alums joined them. The list of honorees from A&M-Commerce includes the father-daughter duo of T.J. Davidson and Tammy Glasscock, as well as David Arnold, son of A&M-Commerce Professor Emeritus and Endowed Scholarship honoree Dr. Roger Arnold.

Former university employee Richard Watson is also among the inductees.

The full list of ATAT Hall of Famers from A&M-Commerce is found below:

ATAT Hall of Fame Class of 2021 (A&M-Commerce alumni)

  • Gary Dan Allen,
    • B.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Education, 1976
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1980
    • Taught from 1976 to 2016 in Plano, Allen and Bonham
  • Tommy Jack Davidson
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1957
    • Taught from 1959 to 2008 in Forney, Comanche and at Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College)
  • Tammy Glasscock
    • B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1984
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1991
    • Taught from 1985 to 2018 in Forney and Pilot Point
  • Marty Spradlin
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences, 1980
    • Taught from 1981 to 2012 in Hooks, Dekalb, Daingerfield and Mt. Pleasant

ATAT Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (A&M-Commerce alumni)

  • Bruce Anderson
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1975
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1980
    • Taught from 1979 to 2007 in Cedar Hill and Tom Bean
  • David Arnold
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1972
    • M.S. in Agricultural Education, 1978
    • Taught from 1972 to 2005 in Mesquite and Royse City
  • Bobby Andrews
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1969
    • M.S. in Agricultural Education, 1977
    • Taught from 1969 to 2018 in Silverlake, Kansas and Valley View
  • Gary Boyd
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1970
    • Taught from 1970 to 2013 in Union Grove
  • Ray Sullivan Carson
    • B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1958
    • M.S. in Agricultural Education
    • Taught from 1960 to 1990 in Garland
  • Dale Mulkey
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1971
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1973
    • Taught from 1973 to 2013 in Garland
  • Jack Rowland
    • B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1967
    • Taught from 1955 to 1999 in Godley
  • O.J. “Corky” Ragland
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Education, 1981
    • Taught from 1976 to 2019 in Elkhart and Wills Point
  • Gerald Walters
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1962
    • M.S. in Agricultural Education, 1963
    • Taught from 1963 to 1995 in Scurry-Rosser, Yantis and Como-Pickton
  • Richard Watson
    • B.S. in Agricultural Education, 1969
    • M.S. in Agricultural Education, 1973
    • Taught from 1969 to 2020 in Sulphur Springs, Miller Grove, North Hopkins and East Texas State University (Now A&M-Commerce)
  • James “Bud” Weston
    • B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1968
    • M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, 1972
    • Taught from 1967 to 2005 in Ringold and Farmersville

To learn more about the ATAT, visit their website.