Dian Fife earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from East Texas State University in 1963 and a master’s in Education from ETSU in 1964. Dian worked as a sixth grade teacher for thirteen years with the Plano Independent School District. She taught science, mathematics, English, and social studies. She also taught in Corpus Christi and Dallas. While with the Dallas Independent School District she worked with parents and school administration to develop the Adopt-a-School program, which allowed business and civic groups to sponsor schools and promote volunteerism between Dallas schools and the community. After retiring from public education, Dian worked with Texas A&M University-Commerce and Collin College as a mentor supervising student teachers for the Emergency Teaching Permit Program. In 1982, she earned her Real Estate Associate certificate and worked as a realtor in Collin County for six years. Dian also spends a lot of time working as a volunteer in various organizations. Most recently, she has worked for City House, the non-profit agency in Collin County that provides emergency shelter for youths ages 0-17, and a transitional living program for homeless young adults ages 18-23. She has also been associated with the SMU Educational Council, Dallas Museum of Art League, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Texas Real Estate Associative, and the A&M-Commerce Marketing Advisory Council. Dian received the Gold Blazer Award in 2007 and has served on the Board of Directors for the A&M-Commerce Alumni Association since 1997.