Fullwood, Yeager Honored as Professor EmeritiBy Ashley Johnson
Commerce, Texas (May 14, 2012)—Texas A&M University-Commerce honored two of its finest retired faculty members May 11 with the title of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Harry Fullwood, professor of special education and psychology, and Dr. Dayle Yeager, professor of engineering and technology, join a distinguished list of respected faculty who have received the award since the university’s inception.
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to honor two of our esteemed faculty members,” said Dr. Dan Jones, A&M-Commerce president. “Both Dr. Fullwood and Dr. Yeager have been pillars of this institution. They have seen and participated in much of the change that has made the university what it is today.”
Yeager, an engineering and technology professor for 43 years, served as a professor, assistant dean and department head. He was also active in scholarly work, with numerous national and international publications.
Among the guests in attendance was Stan McKee, a manager at Oncor, and one of Yeager’s former students.
“My career was made possible because of this man, Dr. Yeager,” McKee said. “I came to this university woefully unprepared; Dr. Yeager took me under his wing and guided me down the path to graduation and a successful career.”
Fullwood, a special education and psychology professor, shared his passion for special education with students for 43 years. His efforts led to several published articles and presentations, a Sid Richardson Foundation grant, and the success of countless students thanks to his willingness to mentor future teachers.
“Dr. Fullwood has always been well received by students in the classroom,” said Dr. Paul Zelhart, former department head. “He gave everything he had to all parts of the job-teaching, research and service, and he did it well.”
The honor of Professor Emeritus has been bestowed on retired university faculty at A&M-Commerce for more than 40 years. The honorary title “Emeritus” is conferred upon individuals who have made significant contributions to the university through long and distinguished service. Once awarded, Professor Emeriti may be reappointed for part-time service after official retirement in accordance to The Texas A&M University System’s policies and regulations.