Retired Judge and ACU Alum creates Mel Hailey Endowed Fund

Posted August 30, 2010

Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Jack Pope (’34) endowed the Jack Pope Fellows program in 1989. Now Judge Pope and his friends are honoring the professor who has, for the past two decades, served as the program’s director.

ACU political science professor and department chair Mel Hailey was recognized in chapel this morning for his contributions to academic excellence and public service – on the ACU campus and beyond.

The Jack Pope Fellows program offers qualified students scholarship assistance toward completion of an academic minor in Public Service. 


“Dr. Hailey has provided creative and energetic leadership for over 20 years,” says Dr. David Dillman, ACU professor of political science. “There have now been more than 130 Pope Fellows who have gone on to careers in non-profit management, academia and the law. All of them have been influenced by Mel.”

The Mel Hailey Endowed Fund is the result of a $50,000 contribution by Judge Pope, who served in the state’s 94th District, on the 4th Court of Civil Appeals, and, beginning in 1964, on the Texas Supreme Court. He concluded his judicial career in 1985 as Chief Justice.

“With impeccable integrity, Judge Pope has been admired throughout his lifetime of public service not only by the legal profession across the country, but also by the citizens of our state and nation,” says Phil Boone, ACU vice president for advancement. “He is a shining example of what a judge should do and be.”


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