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Retired Sul Ross professor Judith Parsons to receive honorary doctorate

February 23rd, 2017 under Education
Judith Parsons

Judith Parsons

ALPINE – Judith Parsons, who retired in 2015 after 50 years on the Sul Ross State University faculty, will receive an honorary doctorate in History, following action by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. The Regents met Thursday and Friday (Feb. 16-17) in Austin.

Parsons, who will receive the Doctor of History, honoris causa, at Sul Ross-Alpine campus spring commencement exercises May 12, was nominated for her dedication and unwavering support of Sul Ross, as well as her accomplishments as an author in the field of historical research.

Her lengthy tenure spanned the administrations of seven Sul Ross presidents. As an associate professor, she inspired countless students with her historical tales and her knowledge of United States and Texas/Western history. Her standards of excellence in the classroom encouraged all students to greater heights of academic success.

While at Sul Ross, she engaged in numerous committees and assisted with a myriad of student organizations. Parsons served as the Special Assistant to the President for many years, which required her to act as an editor for campus-wide publications as well as plan and execute numerous high profile events for the university.

In addition to teaching, Parsons has been active in numerous community organizations, including the Brewster Historical Commission, member of the Presbyterian Church, volunteer for the Alpine Food Pantry, member of the Alpine Pilot Club, and served as a regional advisor and judge for History Fairs. Her most recent endeavor includes research for her upcoming book about the life and presidency of Horace W. Morelock, the third president of Sul Ross State University.

“Judith Parsons exemplifies a passion and determination for her life’s work by continuing her historical pursuits and authoring several publications, including the Sul Ross story included in the commemorative book of the history of the Texas State University System. Her contributions to history and in particular to the 100-year history of Sul Ross State University (are highly significant),” the nomination stated.

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