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  • Linda Stephens Class of 1983, 1991 & 2001

    Linda Stephens was named chief nursing officer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital in Katy in January of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Kim Spicer Class of 1989 & 1995

    Kim Spicerwas named the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Wylie Independent School District in August of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Dr. Ryder Warren Class of 1990

    Dr. Ryder Warren was named the new superintendent of the Northwest Independent School District in the Fort Worth area in June 2016. He had served the last six years as superintendent of the Midland ISD.

    Posted 2016


  • Michael Schooler Class of 1990

    Michael Schooler was named a 2015 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in September 2015. He is currently the principal of the U.S. State Department-assisted International Community School of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

    Posted 2016


  • Jenny McSherry Class of 1990

    Jerry McSherry (1990) was named the new head girls basketball coach at Ballinger High School in April 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Aaron Hargett Class of 1990

    Aaron Hargett (1990) was named executive director of the Baptist Retirement Community senior living center in San Angelo in September 2017.

    Posted 2018


  • Julie Raymond Class of 1990

    Julie Raymond (1990), former San Angelo teacher and now co-owner of Art in Uncommon Places, was named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas in March 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Kyle Freeman Class of 1990

    Kyle Freeman was named head football coach and athletic director at Ozona High School in April 2016.

    Posted 2016


  • Casey Bills Class of 1991

    Casey Bills (1991) was hired as the business manager for the Sweetwater (Texas) Independent School District in July 2018. She previously served as the business manager for the Merkel ISD.

    Posted 2018


  • Col. Michael Schultz Class of 1991

    Col. Michael Schultz (1991) took command of the 926th Wing, a U.S. Air Force Reserve associate unit to the Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis AFB in Nevada, during a change of command ceremony in October 2017.

    Posted 2018


  • Derek Smith Class of 1991

    Derek Smith was hired as an assistant professor of chemistry at Howard Payne University in September 2015.

    Posted 2016


  • Carmen Antu-Montemayor Class of 1991

    Carmen Antu-Montemayor was named 2016-17 Secondary Teacher of the Year for the San Angelo Independent School District in April 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Jack Nowlin Class of 1991

    Dr. Jack Nowlin was named the new dean of the Texas Tech University School of Law in June 2017. He previously served as the senior associate dean, professor of law and Jessie D. Puckett Jr. Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

    Posted 2017


  • Mike Carter Class of 1991

    Mike Carter was named superintendent of the May Independent School District in September 2016.

    Posted 2017


  • James Reid Class of 1991 & 1993

    James Reid was named Angelo State University director of athletics in June 2016.

    Posted 2016


  • Jill Ratcliffe Class of 1992

    Jill Ratcliffe (1992) was promoted to manager of the San Angelo West Branch of the Tom Green County Library in August 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Col (Ret.) Carl Jones Class of 1992

    Col. (Ret.) Carl Jones (1992) joined the Department of Defense and Intelligence Programs team at Lentech Inc. as senior director and strategic advisor to Air Force Multi-Domain Command and Control in February 2018. Jones recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after a 25-year career. His final assignment was as the Nuclear Operations analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. He was also named ASU’s 2017 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus

    Posted 2018


  • Dr. Shivraj Sohur Class of 1992

    Dr. Shivraj Sohur (1992) launched the nonprofit Global Foundation for Community Health, based in his native Mauritius, in January 2018. The GFCH is dedicated to raising funds to help curb chronic non-communicable diseases – related preventable conditions of type II diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. In July 2018, Sohur was selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

    Posted 2018


  • Donna King Class of 1992

    Donna King was appointed judge of the 26th Judicial District of Texas in Williamson County by Gov. Rick Perry in October of 2014.

    Posted 2015


  • Lucy Snyder Class of 1992

    Lucy Snyder received two Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association in May of 2015 at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta. The Stoker Award is the highest honor given by the HWA, and Snyder has now won four Stoker Awards for her writing.

    Posted 2015


  • Amy McDaniel Class of 1992

    Amy McDaniel, a former sports editor for the ASU Rambouillet yearbook and Ram Page campus newspaper, was named the Texas Girls Coaches Association Division I Sports Writer of the Year in April 2017. Amy is a sports writer for the San Angelo Standard-Times.

    Posted 2017


  • Del Van Cox Class of 1992

    Del Van Cox was promoted to head football coach and athletic director at Abilene High School in March of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Juan Villarreal Class of 1992

    Juan Villarrealwas named the principal of Gunn Junior High School in Arlington in December of 2014.

    Posted 2015


  • Dr. Merl Brandon Class of 1992

    Dr. Merl Brandon was named the new superintendent of the Stanton Independent School District in December 2016.

    Posted 2017


  • Shane Adkins Class of 1993

    Shane Adkins was named Secondary Teacher of the Year at the Iowa Park Chamber of Commerce Banquet in January 2016. He teaches at Iowa Park High School.

    Posted 2016


  • Monty Gibson Class of 1993

    Monty Gibson was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in May 2016. He is a strength and conditioning coach at Texas A&M University.

    Posted 2016


  • Dawn Smith Class of 1993

    Dawn Smith was selected as a 2016 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction” by Sen. Tom O’Mara on May 2016. Smith is the transition and care management program manager at the Bath VA Medical Center.

    Posted 2016


  • Dr. Mike Barrera Class of 1993

    Dr. Mike Barrera (1993) was named the new superintendent of the Ben Bolt – Palito Blanco Independent School District in Ben Bolt, Texas, in August 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • John Mayo Class of 1993

    John Mayo (1993) was hired as the new director of bands at Odessa, Texas, High School in July 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Rachel Long Class of 1993

    Rachel Long (1993) was named the new principal at Coronado Middle School in Plainview, Texas, on June 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Steven Parker Class of 1993

    Steven Parker (1993), principal at Grandfalls-Royalty Schools in Grandfalls, Texas, was named a Region 18 Principal of the Year in by the Texas Association of School Principals.

    Posted 2018


  • Cody Hill Class of 1993

    Cody Hill (1993) was named the new Texas AgriLife extension agent for Taylor County (West Texas) in June 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Mario Heredia Class of 1993

    Mario Heredia (1993) was named the new football defensive coordinator at Sweetwater High School in May 2018. He will also assist with the SHS powerlifting program.

    Posted 2018


  • Robert Pritz Class of 1993

    Robert Pritz (1993) was named the new agriculture and natural resources regional program leader for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s West Region in December 2017. He will be based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.

    Posted 2018


  • Stephen Lee Class of 1993

    Stephen Lee was named offensive coordinator for the football team at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in January 2016.

    Posted 2016


  • Ross Lassiter Class of 1993

    Ross Lassiter was named head football coach and athletic director at Olton High School in January 2016.

    Posted 2016


  • Eric Cole Class of 1993

    Eric Cole won national titles in the shot put, 35-pound weight throw and 56-pound weight throw at the 2017 USATF Indoor National Championships in February 2017 – and then won national titles in the discus, hammer throw, shot put and 35-pound weight throw at the 2017 USATF Outdoor National Championships in July 2017. He was also named the USATF 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in the 40-49 year age group.

    Posted 2017


  • Rikke Black Class of 1993

    Rikke Blackwas named the new principal at Lee Middle School in San Angelo in June of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Tracy Meador Class of 1993

    Tracy Meadorwas named principal of McNeil Elementary School in McKinney in December of 2014.

    Posted 2015


  • Jason Bannowsky Class of 1993

    Jason Bannowsky (1993) was named first vice president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association at the TSGRA annual convention in July 2018.

    Posted 2018

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  • Mohammad J. Zaki Class of 1993

    Mohammad J. Zaki, a professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) in January 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Kevin Harrington Class of 1993

    Kevin Harrington was profiled as one of the “52 Faces of Our Community” by the Midland Reporter-Telegram in May 2017. He is the president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society that provides financial assistant to Midland residents struggling to pay rent and utility bills.

    Posted 2017


  • Nelda Montemayor Class of 1994

    Nelda Montemayor (1994), director of graduate admissions and enrollment for the Indiana University School of Public Health, received the Indiana University Latino Faculty and Staff Council’s 2018 Staff Award in April 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Mike Jinks Class of 1994

    Mike Jinks was named head football coach at Bowling Green State University in December 2015.

    Posted 2016

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  • Cody Acree Class of 1994

    Cody Acree, a senior equity research analyst for Drexel Hamilton, was named by TIPRANKS in March 2017 as one of the 25 top analysts in the technology sector who generated the highest returns to investors in 2016.

    Posted 2017

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  • Joseph Gillespie Class of 1994

    Joseph Gillespie was hired as linebackers coach at the University of Tulsa in January of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Dan M. Harris Class of 1994

    Chief Patrol Agent Dan M. Harris has taken over as commander of the Blaine Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol in Washington.

    A Border Patrol agent since 1995, Harris previously served as deputy chief patrol agent of the Grand Forks Sector covering Minnesota and North Dakota. He is a sixth-generation law enforcement officer who began his career with the San Angelo Police Department.

    Harris earned his ASU bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1994. He also holds a master’s degree in joint campaign planning and strategy from the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.

    Posted Fall 2014


  • Jennifer Peirson Class of 1994

    Dr. Jennifer Peirson has been named principal of McKinney Boyd High School, where she had served as associate principal since 2008.

    After earning her ASU bachelor’s degree in special education, Peirson stayed to earn her Master of Education in 1994. She began her teaching career at San Angelo Central High School and has also held teaching and administrative positions at South Garland High School, Webb Middle School in Garland and Lakeview Centennial High School.

    Peirson also holds a doctorate from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

    Posted Fall 2014


  • Marta Diffen Class of 1994

    Marta Diffen was hired as the new director of development for Schreiner University in Kerrville in August 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Dale Dunlap Class of 1994

    Dale Dunlap was named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services District 3 administrator for the Rolling Plains region in January 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Rick Howard Class of 1994

    Rick Howard was named co-manager of First Financial Brokerage Services at First Financial Bank in Abilene in January 2017, along with fellow ASU alum Brandon Barker.

    Posted 2017


  • Butch Hulse Class of 1995

    Butch Hulse (1995) was hired as a member of the Corporate Litigation Group in the San Antonio offices of Dykema, a leading national law firm, in April 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Leslie Cope Class of 1995

    Leslie Cope was elected to the Board of Directors of the Commercial Bank in Mason in March of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Stephanie Howard Class of 1995

    Stephanie Howard was named the superintendent of the Plains Independent School District in April of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Austin Clarkson Class of 1995

    Austin Clarkson was named the 2016-17 Secondary School Teacher of the Year for the Kerrville Independent School District in June 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Michelle Sipley Class of 1995

    Michelle Sipley was named the new director of financial aid at Syracuse University in September 2016.

    Posted 2017


  • Deborah Campbell Class of 1996

    Deborah Campbell was named the 2017 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association of School Administrators.

    Posted 2017

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  • Jill Law Class of 1996

    Jill Law (1996) joined Coldwell Banker Harper Realtors in Seguin in May of 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Lisa Taiclet Class of 1996

    Lisa Taiclet was named the 2016-17 Elementary Teacher of the Year for the San Angelo Independent School District in April 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Marty Gibbs Class of 1996

    Marty Gibbs was named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service district extension administrator for District 7 in September of 2014.

    Posted 2015


  • Richard “Rick” Minzenmayer Class of 1996

    Richard “Rick” Minzenmayer retired in April of 2015 after 30 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

    Posted 2015


  • Tara Salisbury Class of 1996

    Tara Salisbury has been named the Education Service Center Region 15 Elementary Teacher of the Year for the 2013-14 school year and is now in the running to be named Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.

    A third-grade language arts teacher at Grape Creek Elementary School, Salisbury was also named the 2013-14 Grape Creek Intermediate Teacher of the Year. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at ASU in 1996 and her master’s in school administration in 2012.

    Salisbury is married to Dr. Micheal Salisbury, chair of the ASU Department of Agriculture.

    Posted Fall 2014


  • Sam Robinson Class of 1996

    Sam Robinson was named the head football coach at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock in February 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Jeff D. Hamilton Class of 1996 & 1998

    Jeff D. Hamilton was hired as the new head football coach and athletic director at Bandera High School in May of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Rosa Avendaño Class of 1996 & 2004

    Rosa Avendaño was named the new principal at Keyes Elementary School in the Irving Independent School District in June of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Charlotte Stovall Class of 1996 and 2007

    Charlotte Stovall (1996 & 2007), former principal at Coahoma High School and current director of curriculum and instruction for the Coahoma ISD, was named the ESC Region 18 Outstanding Principal of the Year for 2016-17 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals in October 2017.

    Posted 2018


  • Dr. H.T. Sanchez Class of 1997

    Dr. H.T. Sanchez (1997) was named the new superintendent for the Plainview Independent School District in May 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Katharine Eagan Kelleman Class of 1997

    Katharine Eagan Kelleman (1997) was named the new CEO of the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Penn., in November 2017.

    Posted 2018


  • Dr. Whitney Whitworth Class of 1997

    Dr. Whitney Whitworth (1997) was hired as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and community health agent for Llano County in August 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Amy Stephens Class of 1997

    Amy Stephens (1997) was named the executive principal for the Monterey High School feeder pattern in the Lubbock Independent School District in May 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Katharine Eagan Class of 1997

    Katharine Eagan was named chief executive officer of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) in Tampa, Fla., by the company’s board of directors in November of 2014. In August of 2015, she was nominated for the U.S. White House “Champion of Change” program as an innovator in transportation for the future.

    Posted 2015


  • Jason Hewitt Class of 1997

    Dr. Jason Hewitt was named the chief academic officer for secondary schools in the Bastrop Independent School District in May 2016. He finished out the 2015-16 school year as Bastrop HS principal.

    Posted Fall 2016

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  • Brian Christopher Lowe Class of 1997

    Brian Christopher Lowe was named the new principal at North Hopkins High School in the North Hopkins Independent School District near Sulphur Springs in Northeast Texas in March 2017.

    Posted 2017


  • Dr. Shawn Wahl Class of 1997

    Dr. Shawn Wahl was named interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Missouri State University in April 2017. He previously served as chair of the ASU Communication and Mass Media Department.

    Posted 2017


  • Dr. Jeffrey Durgin Class of 1997

    Dr. Jeffrey Durgin was appointed the new owner of Medical Spa of Midland, a leading provider of medical facial aesthetics, in August 2017. Durgin is a cosmetic surgeon with over 10 years of experience as a surgeon and educator. He graduated summa cum laude from ASU and then went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

    Posted 2017


  • Jonathan Luce Class of 1998

    Jonathan Luce was promoted to vice president of worldwide sales for RF Code in October 2015.

    Posted 2016


  • Tanya Solsbery Class of 1998

    Tanya Solsbery was named director of Baptist Retirement Community’s (BRC) $22 million expansion, named The Crest, in March 2016. BRC is a continuing care retirement community in San Angelo.

    Posted 2016


  • Trish Meads Class of 1998

    Trish Meads (1998) won the SAISD Teacher of the Year Award for Santa Rita Elementary School in May 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Angela Pidgeon Class of 1998

    Angela Pidgeon (1998), an English and Spanish teacher, won the SAISD Teacher of the Year Award for Central High School in May 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Gregory Conaway Class of 1998

    Gregory Conaway was named vice president and chief accounting officer at Carizzo Oil & Gas Inc. in Houston in September of 2014.

    Posted 2015


  • Amanda Magallan Class of 1998

    Amanda Magallan was selected in February 2016 as the next superintendent of the Terrell County School District.

    Posted 2016


  • Mike Peters Class of 1998

    Mike Peters was named head football coach and athletic director at Fort Stockton High School in February 2016.

    Posted 2016


  • Kathryn E. Perez Class of 1998

    Dr. Kathryn E. Perez, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, was credited in May 2017 with the discovery of a new species of the South Texas scrub snail genus Praticolella, which is found only on Padre Island and in coastal Cameron County.

    Posted 2017


  • Rebecca Cline Class of 1998 & 2006

    Rebecca Cline was named the new principal at Lincoln Middle School in the San Angelo Independent School District in July of 2015.

    Posted 2015


  • Dr. Shawn Williams Class of 1999

    Dr. Shawn Williams was presented the Non-Tenured Faculty Award at Campbellsville University (Kentucky) in October 2015.

    Posted 2016


  • Jeff Mann Class of 1999

    Jeff Mann (1999) was promoted to director of instruction and leadership development for the College Station (Texas) Independent School District in July 2018. Mann has spent his entire career in the College Station ISD, including the last three years as principal at A&M Consolidated Middle School.

    Posted 2018


  • Christina Whetsel Class of 1999

    Christina Whetsel (1999) was hired as the new assistant athletic director for compliance at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., in May 2018.

    Posted 2018


  • Farrah Gomez Class of 1999

    Farrah Gomez was promoted in June of 2015 as an executive director of schools for the San Angelo Independent School District.

    Posted 2015


  • Lori Barton Class of 1999 and 2005

    Lori Barton (1999 & 2005), principal of Fort Concho Elementary School in San Angelo, was named the Rhosine Fleming Campus Administrator of the Year by the Texas School Counselor Association in January 2018. She was also named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas in March 2018.

    Posted 2018