Four faculty, administrators receive emeritus status
KINGSVILLE - January 19, 2012
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Four former faculty and administrators were honored with Professor Emeritus status during winter commencement at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
The Professor Emeritus status is an honor reserved for former faculty who have served for an extended period of time, 10 years or more, and have made significant contributions to the university.
A committee makes nominations to the university president, who in turn makes recommendations to the System Chancellor, who then makes recommendations to the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System.
This year’s new Professor Emeriti include Dr. John Perez, Dr. Allen Ketcham, Dr. Alberto Olivares and Dr. J. D. Phaup.
About Dr. John Perez
Perez is currently serving as principle investigator for the National Natural Toxins Research Center after founding the center in 2000 and working as its director until his recent retirement. He is a Regents Professor. He received the Olan Kruse Science Faculty Award twice and was the first recipient of an Undergraduate Institution Mentoring Award sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
Perez was named Outstanding Faculty Researcher at the Fifth Annual Minority Access Incorporated National Role Model Conference, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business magazine, and was selected as one of the 50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2005 by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technologies magazine.
He earned his associate’s degree in science from College of Eastern Utah; his bachelor’s degree in molecular and general biology from the University of Utah; his master’s degree from Mankato State University in zoology and genetics; and his doctorate from Utah State University in bacteriology.
About Dr. Allen Ketcham
Ketcham was director of the Manning Center for Professional Ethics and the Office of Economic Development and taught in the areas of ethics, history of philosophy, religion, logic, communications, statistics, consumer motivation, operations and production management and psychology. He was a professor in management and marketing.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, master’s degrees from Corpus Christi State University, Texas A&M University and University of Arizona, and his doctorate from the University of Arizona.
About Dr. Alberto Olivares
Olivares was a professor in the chemistry department for many years prior to becoming dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University and his doctorate in analytical and inorganic chemistry, also from Texas A&M University.
His research work was in liquid-liquid extraction of the lanthanides using arsenic chelating agents.
About Dr. J. D. Phaup
Phaup recently retired after more than 40 years at the university. He was a political science professor, graduate coordinator and sponsor of the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. He recently received the Chapter Advisor Award from the national organization.
His specialties include state and local government, especially Texas; methodology, political philosophy, President and Congress, technology and society, and policy and policy-making. Phaup earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona.
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