Dr. Arnoldo De León
Dr. Arnoldo De León is a 1970 Angelo State University history graduate who returned to his alma mater in 1973 and re-shaped contemporary understanding of Texas history, particularly as it relates to Mexican Americans. Now ASU’s C.J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History, De León is the author of 15 critically acclaimed books and editor of 11 more on Texas and Hispanic history. His book They Called Them Greasers: Anglo Attitudes toward Mexicans in Texas, 1821-1900 is a standard and considered by many scholars to be one of the top 10 books ever written on Texas history.
As executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, Grant Teaff is one of the most influential figures in all of collegiate sports. Previously, he served as head coach at Angelo State University and Baylor University, where he was the National Coach of the Year in 1974. By the time he retired from coaching, he was Baylor’s winningest football coach and ranked 33rd all time in wins among NCAA Division I coaches. He played football at San Angelo College, predecessor to ASU, in 1951 and 1952.
A 2001 ASU communications graduate, Satcha Pretto is recognized throughout the western hemisphere as co-anchor of Univision’s “Primer Impacto” Weekend Edition. A native of Honduras, she came to ASU on a Carr Academic Scholarship in 1998. After graduation, she worked at stations in the Midland-Odessa market before moving to the Dallas Univision affiliate KUVN. Satcha’s third career jump landed her at the Univision Network Headquarters in Miami where she has been since 2006. Her journalism honors include a regional Texas Emmy nomination for best investigative report.
A Verizon employee for more than a quarter of a century, Mike Millegan is senior vice president and general manager for Verizon’s Midwest Region. In the wake of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, Millegan was dispatched to Ground Zero and helped direct Verizon’s effort to re-establish telecommunications in Lower Manhattan and in Washington, D.C. A member of ASU’s 1978 NAIA national championship football team, Millegan received both his bachelor’s degree and his M.B.A. from Angelo State.
Dr. Angela Valenzuela
As one of only a handful of Hispanic women to achieve the rank of professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Angela Valenzuela is shaping the way the nation thinks about education and meeting the needs of a new multicultural generation of students. Her 1999 book Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring earned the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award. In addition to her 1981 bachelor’s degree from ASU, she holds a master’s degree from UT-Austin and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford.
Arnold Garcia Jr. used his bachelor’s degree in history and government to launch a successful journalism career, beginning at the San Angelo Standard-Times and continuing today at the Austin American-Statesman, where he is editorial page editor. At the American-Statesman he covered the courthouse, state agencies, Texas prison system and school district before becoming assistant city editor, assignments editor, metro editor and political columnist. He has served as both a juror and as a chair of a jury for the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award.
Spike Dykes retired as the winningest coach in Texas Tech University football history with an overall record of 82-67-1. A three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year, Dykes became the first recipient of Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year Honors in the league’s 1996 inaugural season. During his 13-year Texas Tech career, he sparked the Red Raiders to seven bowl berths, including their only Cotton Bowl berth as a SWC member. He attended San Angelo College in 1956 and 1957.
Robert Williamson III
Robert Williamson III graduated from Angelo State in 1994 with a dual bachelor’s of business administration in finance and real estate. After working as a restaurateur, a real estate developer, and a business consultant, Williamson turned to his true passion, poker. Today as a professional poker player, he has won five gold bracelets in poker competitions. Known as “The Gentleman of Poker,” he won the inaugural 2003 Brian Saltus Award for poker citizenship, dignity and class.
Rena Pederson, director of communications for the American College of Education, helps establish American colleges worldwide. She was editorial page editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years during which time she was named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Texas” by Texas Monthly. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and recipient of multiple Headliner Awards. She served nine years on the prestigious Pulitzer Prize Board. She attended Angelo State in 1965 and 1966 before graduating from the University of Texas.
Renay San Miguel
Longtime television journalist Renay San Miguel is the host/managing editor of Spark360, a company that provides paid content via network news-style stories for small/medium-sized businesses, which are then distributed via web video portals and social media platforms. He is also the owner of Primo Media, LLC and works as a reporter/columnist for ECT News Network. He also serves as host/reporter for the “Talkin’ Tech” segment every Thursday/Friday on Northwest Cable News, Seattle cable channel 2; and as a fill-in anchor, KING5 News (NBC affiliate), in Seattle. Previously, San Miguel had spent 22 years as a broadcast journalist, most recently with CNN Headline News where he was a reporter and weekend anchor. He had also worked at CBS News and WFAA-TV in Dallas. He attended ASU from 1978-81.