College of Humanities, Social Sciences & Arts
Dr. William Thomas Allison, Professor of History at Georgia Southern University
Bill Allison is Professor of History at Georgia Southern University. He earned his Ph.D. in history at Bowling Green State University in 1995, after taking his BA and MA in history at East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1989 and 1991. He taught at the University of Saint Francis (1997-1999) and at Weber State University (1999-2008). He was Visiting Professor of History at the USAF Air War College (2002-2003) and was Visiting Professor of Military History at the USAF School for Advanced Air and Space Studies (2010-2011). He is currently the General Harold K. Johnson Visiting Chair in Military History at the US Army War College (2012-2014). He is author of The Gulf War (Palgrave, 2012), My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), The Tet Offensive (Routledge, 2008), Military Justice in Vietnam: The Rule of Law in an American War (University Press of Kansas, 2007), among other works. He has lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and the Australian Defense Force Academy. His current book project is titled On Nostalgia’s Altar: America 1968, to be published by the University Press of Kansas. A native of Sulphur Springs, Texas, he lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with his wife Jennifer.
Literature & Languages
Dr. Mary Cimarolli, Retired Teacher at Richland College
Mary Cimarolli is the mother of two: Jim Cimarolli who owns and operates the best garage in Sulphur Springs and Maria Koenig who is the best second grade teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is the wife of handsome Jack Robottom who always introduces himself as Mr. Doctor Mary Cimarolli. When asked for her place of birth, she always says “between Sulphur Springs and Yantis” because it’s too much trouble to try to explain to a non-East Texan where Arbala and the Seymore community are located. Mary graduated from Sulphur Springs High School in 1948 and from TWU in 1951. After many years in Chicago, she returned with her children to Sulphur Springs. She also returned to school: graduating from this wonderful university with an MA and an Ed.D. in the College Teaching of English. Mary is now retired from Richland College in Dallas and she writes for pleasure: a memoir, a biography, plays, and poetry. Mary lives with her husband in Richardson and sometimes in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
Mass Media, Communications & Theatre
Mr. Douglas L. Hoppock, Professor of Theater and Speech, Northeast Texas Community College
A native Texan, born and raised in Temple, Douglas Hoppock has been a college educator of Theatre and Speech for the past thirty-eight years. He has more than 150 college theatre productions to his directing, scene design and lighting design credit. He has worked as a professional actor and stage manager with Casa Maňana Summer Musicals in Fort Worth, Texas where he earned his Actors Equity membership. He has also worked as an actor with the Moscow Repertory Theatre Company in Moscow, Idaho and as an actor and director with the Roof Garden Dinner Theatre in Cisco, Texas. He has been honored with numerous teaching and community service awards, including multiple designations as a “Who’s Who Among Teachers of American Colleges,” a two-time Minnie Piper Stephens Professor nominee at NTCC, named an “Outstanding Young Man of America,” and a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Theatre Northeast Alumni Association. Douglas is married to his wife, Sherry. Hobbies that they enjoy together are reading, writing, hiking, and traveling. He is exceptionally proud of his current and former students, many of whom have excelled as professionals in theatre and in theatre education.
Mr. Bobby Francis, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Texas Christian University
Bobby R. Francis is the Director of Bands at Texas Christian University. Mr. Francis serves as Conductor of the TCU Wind Symphony, teaches conducting (Undergraduate, MM, DMA), and is responsible for the supervision of all aspects of the TCU Band program. Mr. Francis is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu. Recent performances include the CBDNA National Conference, the ABA National Convention, and Carnegie Hall. He has conducted concerts in the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, Meyerson Center, Bass Hall, Royal College of Music, and Normandy Beach. Mr. Francis has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician and educational advisor across the U.S. He recently conducted the Lone Star Youth Wind Symphony. He serves as the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Band. Festivals have recently been held in Sydney, Australia; Normandy Beach, France; and London, England. During the summer of 2013, the Festival will occur in Spain. Mr. Francis is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and was a student of James Keene, Dr. James Deaton, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Neil Humfeld as well as many other "greats". He is married to Teresa Francis and resides in Colleyville with his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Mike Anglin , Senior Partner and Attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
After graduating from ETSU in 1969, Mike became a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as communications officer in the U. S. Navy aboard the cruiser USS Wainwright. Following the Navy, he entered law school at the University of Texas in Austin, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 1976. For the next 35 years, Mike practiced business law in Dallas, focusing on matters concerning financially stressed businesses. He retired from full-time practice of law in 2010 as a senior partner and section head in the state’s largest law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Over the years he has been repeatedly recognized for professional excellence in “Best Lawyers in America,” “Texas’s Best Lawyers,” “Texas Super Lawyers,” “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” and numerous other such publications. For many years, Mike has been extensively involved in the civic government of the City of Dallas, serving for five years as chair of a tax-increment finance board, followed by several years on the Dallas Park Board, and from 2009 through the present as a planning and zoning commissioner on Dallas’s “City Plan Commission.” He enjoys annual trips to Italy, often with his 28 year-old son James.
Sociology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Jeremy McMillen, President at Grayson County Community College
A graduate of nearby Bonham High School, McMillen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology, and then a doctorate in higher education, all from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. McMillen began his career in higher education as an adjunct sociology professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1995. His career path includes both community college and university experiences. Former employers are Paris Junior College, A&M-Commerce and Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. His role at each institution added leadership responsibilities and included work with Educational Talent Search, Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, and Academic Affairs. In July 2012, Dr. McMillen was named President of Grayson College. Dr. McMillen appreciates the role of a community college in helping to transform lives. He said, “I am passionate about the community college mission as I enjoy bringing educators together for student success initiatives. Today’s environment of perpetual change demands that leaders focus on creating sustainable structures that recognize the power of collaboration, and we are doing that at Grayson College.” Dr. McMillen’s wife, Toni, is an English professor at Collin College and is an alumna of A&M-Commerce. Their son Gabe is a proud kindergartener who is full of energy and brings joy to all around.