Seven retirees honored at ACU dinner

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2000

At Abilene Christian University's annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner Friday night, seven people where honored as they retire from ACU. They include:

  • Dr. Rollo Tinkler, 24 years
  • Dr. Bill Wright, 44 years
  • Dr. Cleddy Varner, 34 years
  • Pat Varner, 31 years
  • Dr. Bruce Davis, 12 years
  • Mary Womack, 16 years
  • Dr. David Williams, 37 years

Dr. Royce Money, ACU president, said, "These seven people are shining examples of the ACU mission. We have been blessed by their commitment to excellence and dedication to ACU."

Dr. Rollo Tinkler

Dr. Rollo Tinkler has used humor, real-life examples and personal experiences to help students understand sociology. He has served ACU's sociology department in many ways, including being named chairman of the sociology, social work and gerontology department in 1980.

He has been best known for his class in social problems. Other interests include crime and delinquency, family life and the scientific study of religion. He has dedicated great amounts of study and research time to sociology and religion.

Dr. Bill Wright

With 44 years to his credit, Dr. Bill Wright has the longest tenure on faculty. As a professor of accounting, he has served the College of Business in many roles, including chairman of the Department of Accounting.

He has been honored as a College of Business Administration Teacher of the Year. He is a certified public accountant. He has served as a tax consultant for many years, and even served as financial adviser to Texas businessman/politician Ross Perot.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations and has garnered many honors, and he is best known among students for his dry wit and keen sense of humor.

Dr. Cleddy Varner

Dr. Cleddy Varner has served ACU for 34 years in the Department of Exercise Science and Health, including serving as chairman of that department. He began his Abilene Christian career at the campus school (Abilene Christian High School) teaching Bible and coaching basketball.

His primary interests are wellness and fitness, and he has coordinated employee wellness tests at ACU for several years.

Some of his more popular classes throughout the years have been sailing, skiing, canoe/camping and backpacking. He coached the ACU tennis team from 1973-1976.

He was recognized by the College of Professional Studies as the 1983-84 Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and he has taught numerous community courses about topics such as first aid and CPR which has led to participation with the Zambian Medical Mission Team for the past two years.

Pat Varner

Pat Varner began teaching home economics at Abilene Christian in 1968 at the campus school, then made the transition to teaching university classes in 1978.

A certified home economist, she is one of the first recipients of the Role Model Award given by the W Club women's honor organization. She was recognized as outstanding teacher of the year for the College of Professional Studies in 1989-90. She is an active member of several professional organizations, and has developed the curriculum for several high school and university family and consumer science classes.

Dr. Bruce Davis

Dr. C. Bruce Davis was the first full-time director of the Pruett Gerontology Center at ACU. He joined the faculty as an associate professor of gerontology and religious education in the summer of 1987 and assumed the additional role of director of the aging center at that time.

He directed the first-ever statewide study on incidence of elder abuse for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.

Mary Womack

Mary Womack joined the ACU family as secretary in the Agriculture Department and she also served as secretary for the Physics Department. She was instrumental in raising money for the renovation of the Zona Luce building. She made a transition to the Education Department in 1991 where she has served as undergraduate academic adviser and assistant certification officer.

Part of the complexity of her job has been mastering knowing all of the requirements for ACU's education tracks and degree plans. She advises all of the undergraduate elementary education majors and all of the two-field secondary education majors as well as assist students in registering for exit certification exams.

Dr. David Williams

Dr. David Williams joined ACU in 1962 as an instructor of English. His primary academic interests have been British literature and education.

He has been vocal in the past regarding public school education and has been particularly concerned about its curriculum.

He is an accomplished editor and author, following in his father's footsteps who was a teacher and minister for 40 years. Dr. Williams edited and compiled a collection of his father's poems in a book titled "Meditation Meadows" with poems dating back to 1916.

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