Larry is a first-generation college graduate from Temple, Texas. Growing up, his parents–who grew up during the Great Depression–instilled in Larry and his twin brother the values of hard work and perseverance. With hard work and time management, Larry has been successful in achieving his career goals; as a longtime first responder, he has received more than 50 awards and accolades with the Temple Police Department, including three for live-saving actions in the line of duty. While he and his wife were online students, Larry refined his time management skills to balance his home life, work and school. The result of his perseverance was evident when he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from A&M-Commerce. Larry likes to relax either by fishing or traveling, and is also active in the Temple Breakfast Lions Club.
A Conversation with Larry
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
A&M-Commerce is a credible and legitimate university that will provide a quality education. A&M-Commerce strives for excellence with students and is innovative with teaching techniques.
What sets A&M-Commerce apart from other universities?
A&M-Commerce has one of the best on-line options for students who cannot physically attend campus. The College of Innovation and Design is an affordable option where the programs are self-paced for the working student.
How did your degree program prepare you for your current career?
I was in my prime as a police officer when I decided to earn my bachelor’s degree. My degree opened a door that I was not expecting, and I became a judge.
Which professor or staff member positively influenced you during your time as a student at A&M-Commerce?
Jimmy Womack who encouraged me and was always available when I needed advice. I remain thankful to him and give him credit for linking me with A&M-Commerce.
What is an important life lesson you learned as a student at A&M-Commerce?
I learned not to tell myself I cannot do something but to step forward and try and take a calculated risk.
- B.S., Criminal Justice, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association
- Central Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association
- Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
- Temple Breakfast Lions Club