ALI began in 1908 as what was called the "June Conference." The annual, week-long conference was held in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus and brought together county superintendents, supervisors and city superintendents to discuss a variety of topics related to education.
In 1983, Dr. Harold Hawkins named Dr. John Hoyle chairman of the ALI planning committee. Hoyle became director of ALI a year later and named Dr. Virginia Collier as co-director in 2000. After Hoyle and Collier retired from Texas A&M University, leadership was turned over to co-directors Dr. Beverly Irby and Dr. Mario Torres. In 2013, the name was changed to the Dr. John R. Hoyle Memorial Administrative Leadership Institute in memory of Hoyle.
TASA and Texas A&M have partnered on ALI for more than 50 years. This year’s 24-hour conference marks a renewed commitment to the theme-driven design of ALI that thrived under Hoyle’s leadership.
Dr. John Hoyle
Dr. John R. Hoyle was a professor of educational administration at Texas A&M University, specializing in leadership training and assessment and future studies. He was one of the country’s leading reformers in administrator training and an authority on future studies.
In 2004, Hoyle was selected by his peers as one of four "exceptional living scholars" in educational leadership. His book, Leadership and Futuring: Making Visions Happen
, published in 1995 by Corwin Press, gained wide readership and was a bestseller. His 2002 book, Leadership and the Force of Love: Six Keys to Motivating with Love
, written for leaders in business, agriculture, military, education, and government, was also a bestseller for Corwin Press.
Among his honors are two Texas A&M University Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching and the coveted Golden Deeds Award in 1995. He chaired the Texas Future Superintendent Advisory Team and authored the report, "Superintendents for Texas School Districts: Solving the Crisis in Executive Leadership." Hoyle passed away in March 2013.