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Regents Professors

On October 27, 1979, the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents established a program to honor outstanding teaching and research contributions from university faculty members. The title of Regents Professor is the highest honor that the university may bestow upon a member of the faculty. To date, only 56 SFA faculty members have been named Regents Professors.

For many years, two Regents Professors were named each year, one in the area of research and one in the area of teaching. Beginning in 2009, one Regents Professor has been named each academic year by the Board of Regents for this prestigious honor; the title is held for a term of one academic year. A Regents Professor receives a medal along with a stipend. The following Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members have been honored by being named Regents Professors:

Regents
Professors
Academic Year of Distinction
Dr. James Garrett,
Professor of Chemistry
1980-81
Dr. Robert S. Maxwell,
Professor of History
1980-81
Dr. William Cozart,
Associate Professor of English
1981-82
Dr. Jack D. McCullough,
Professor of Biology
1981-82
Dr. Dan J. Beaty,
Professor of Music
1982-83
Dr. Walter Robertson,
Professor of Biology
1982-83
Mr. Donald R. Beason,
Associate Professor of Art
1983-84
Dr. June Irwin,
Professor of Health and Physical Education
1983-84
Dr. William E. Arscott,
Professor of Art
1984-85
Dr. Alfred S. Shivers,
Professor of English and Philosophy
1984-85
Dr. M. Victor Bilan,
Professor Forestry
1985-86
Dr. Archie P. McDonald,
Professor of History
1985-86
Dr. David W. Jones,
Professor of Music
1986-87
Dr. Elray Nixon,
Professor of Biology
1986-87
Dr. Neal Houston,
Professor of English
1987-88
Dr. David Petty,
Professor of Sociology
1987-88
Dr. James G. Dickson, Jr.,
Professor of Political Science
1988-89
Dr. Dillard Tinsley,
Professor of Management and Marketing
1988-89
Dr. Lynnette K. Solomon,
Professor of Economics and Finance
1989-90
Dr. William Young,
Professor of Music
1989-90
Dr. Francis E. Abernethy,
Professor of English and Philosophy
1990-91
Dr. Thomas J. Stanly,
Professor of Agriculture
1990-91
Dr. Gloria Durr,
Professor of Home Economics
1991-92
Dr. E. Donice McCune,
Professor Mathematics and Statistics
1991-92
Dr. Bobby Johnson,
Professor of History
1992-93
Dr. James DiNucci,
Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science
1992-93
Dr. Vinay Kothari,
Professor of Management and Marketing
1993-94
Dr. Elvia Rodriguez,
Professor of Elementary Education
1993-94
Dr. Syvia McGrath,
Professor of History
1994-95
Dr. James E. Towns,
Professor of Communication
1994-95
Dr. James C. Kroll,
Professor of Forestry
1995-96
Dr. Donnya Stephens,
Professor of Secondary Education
1995-96
Dr. Jere Jackson,
Professor of History
1996-97
Dr. David Kulhavy,
Professor of Forestry
1996-97
Dr. Mel E. Finkenberg,
Professor of Kinesiology and Health Science
1997-98
Dr. Jose Rodriguez,
Professor of Secondary Education
1997-98
Dr. Tom Callaway,
Professor of Physics
1998-99
Dr. Mingteh Chang,
Professor of Forestry
1998-99
Dr. Scott Bills,
Professor of History
1999-00
Dr. James Corbin,
Professor of Anthropology
1999-00
Dr. Leonard Cheever,
Professor of English
2000-01
Dr. Norman Markworth,
Professor of Astronomy
2000-01
Dr. Anna Bradfield,
Professor of Counseling and Special Education
2001-02
Dr. Michael Legg,
Professor of Forestry
2001-02
Ms. Mary McCleary,
Professor of Art
2002-03
Dr. Robert Szafran,
Professor Sociology
2002-03
Mr. Charles D. Jones,
Professor of Art
2003-04
Dr. Mary Kate “Suzy” Weems,
Professor of Human Sciences
2003-04
Dr. Sandra McCune,
Professor of Elementary Education
2004-05
Dr. Sammie Smith,
Professor of Accounting
2004-05
Dr. David Creech,
Professor of Agriculture
2006-07
Dr. Allen Richman,
Professor of History
2006-07
Dr. Leon Young,
Professor of Agriculture
2007-08
Dr. John Moore,
Professor of Chemistry
2008-09
Dr. Tom Segady,
Professor of Sociology
2009-10
Dr. Hans Williams,
Professor of Forestry
2010-11
Dr. Jimmie Yeiser
Professor of Forestry
2011-12
Dr. Brian P. Oswald
Professor of Forestry
2012-13
Dr. Harry Downing
Professor of Physics
2013-14

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