Past Award Recipients

  • 2016 — Stacey Edmonson, Ed.D.
    Stacey Edmonson   Dr. Stacey Edmonson is Dean of the College of Education at Sam Houston State University. She served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling for 5 years and has been a professor in educational leadership since 2000. She has previously served as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator in Texas public schools. She earned a BA in English from Texas A&M University and MEd and EdD in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has authored a number of books and articles on topics including trust, stress and burnout among educators, legal issues in education, and educator ethics. Stacey has had many roles within TCPEA, including editor of its journal School Leadership Review and Executive Director for seven years.
    2013 — Betty J. Alford, Ph.D.
    Betty J. Alford   Dr. Betty J. Alford served for 27 years at Stephen F. Austin State University in multiple roles including one year as interim department chair of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, nine years as department chair, eleven years as coordinator of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, and three years as coordinator of the Mid-Management Program. She also taught in both the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program and in the Principal Preparation Programs in addition to grant leadership responsibilities.

    From 1999 to 2013, she served as lead writer or co-writer for U.S. Department of Education and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board school-university-community college partnership grants received by Stephen F. Austin State University that provided over $20 million for educator preparation and school improvement. Grant leadership roles included service as project director for three different US Department of Education multi-year grants, principal investigator for three different US Department of Education multi-year grants, and co-principal investigator for two additional Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grants.

    Throughout her professional career, Dr. Alford's areas of interest and scholarship have focused on the improvement of educational leadership programs, the establishment of a college-going culture in public schools, and the attainment of both equity and excellence for students. Her ever-present commitment to social justice, culturally proficient leadership, and authentic, servant leadership is evidenced through her numerous publications and conference presentations. As a Board member of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration for a three-year term, Dr. Alford further demonstrated her commitment to service and educational improvement.

    Alford attained her Ph.D. from The University of Texas in Austin in Educational Administration in 1996. Prior to attaining her Ph.D., Dr. Alford served as a public school teacher, high school counselor, assistant elementary principal, middle school principal, and educational region service center consultant. She stated that she was deeply honored by being named as a recipient of the James A. Vornberg Living Legend award and treasures the friendships with members of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Dr. Alford is currently serving as professor of educational leadership at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, California (Cal Poly, Pomona) and professor emeritus of educational leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

    2013 — Betty Jo Monk, Ph.D.
    Betty Jo Monk   Betty Jo Monk served as a professor of educational administration and educational leadership at Baylor University (1989-2003) and Tarleton State University (2004-2013). She taught exclusively in the principal preparation programs and doctoral programs at both institutions. Prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Monk was the chief human resources officer for the the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD). Before entering public school administration, she was a kindergarten teacher in CFBISD and the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District. Her teaching experiences included professional work in England, Hawaii, and private education. In additional to her university teaching role, Dr. Monk also served in university administration as an associate dean and department chair.

    Throughout her professional career, her areas of interest and scholarship focused on personnel administration and leadership. She created numerous publications, training programs, and technical documents. Known as a highly effective teacher and trainer, Dr. Monk served for nearly 30 years as an educational consultant for the State of Texas, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Association of School Administrators, the Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisors Association, the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, the 20 regional service centers, Texas public school districts, and other professional groups. She was also very involved with national-level educational organizations and associations. Teacher and administrator performance appraisal, conflict resolution, and action learning were major areas of life-long learning and expertise for her. Dr. Monk has been credited with working with more than 10,000 educators in professional development.

    As she always explained when introducing herself to a new group, Betty Jo Monk has three priorities in her life—God, family, and career. She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, JD, in 2011. She is the mother of two sons and the grandmother of seven. She has always proudly declared that she chose to be an educator and her legacy, in addition to children and grandchildren, is the difference made in the lives of children by the students and individuals with whom she was privileged to work. She considers receipt of the James A. Vornberg Living Legend Award from the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration a highlight in a very blessed life.

    2009 — Sandra L. Harris Ph.D.
    Sandra Harris
      Sandra Harris is associate professor and director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she teaches courses in social justice and qualitative research. Formerly, she served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public and private schools. Her scholarship agenda includes administrator preparation and building relationship-oriented, socially-just school environments. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as 15 books including BRAVO Teacher, BRAVO Principal, and Examining What We Do to Improve Our Schools: 8 Steps from Analysis to Action. She presents at regional, state, and national conferences on these and other related topics, in addition to consulting with school districts. She considers being on the TCPEA executive board and serving as president of this organization as highlights of her career.
    2008 — John R. Hoyle, Ph.D.

    John R. Hoyle


    [NOTE: Dr. John R. Hoyle passed away in 2013.]
    John R. Hoyle is professor emeritus of Educational Administration at Texas A&M University and specializes in Leadership Training and Assessment and Future Studies. He is one of America's leading researchers and reformers in leadership education and assessment and an authority on the visioning process and future studies. Hoyle is a dynamic speaker who spices his content with humor and motivational stories. In a recent national survey, Hoyle was selected by his peers as one of America's four "exceptional living scholars" in educational administration/leadership. These "exceptional" scholars met four criteria: (1) publish widely; (2) has broad impact; (3) has multiple spheres of influence; and (4) has established mentoring systems, democratic concepts, and agendas. Other honors include two Texas A&M University awards for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching; a new 2007 "Hoyle Leadership Award" created by The Texas A&M University Administrative Leadership Institute to be given to a Texas school leader who has made a positive difference in the lives of students for the betterment of society; the first "Living Legend" award in 1999 by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration; the 2008 Living Legend award presented by the Texas Professors of Educational Administration; and receipt of the coveted "Golden Deeds Award" for distinguished service to Texas education.

    Hoyle has created more than 150 scholarly publications over his 40 years in education. His latest book, Leadership and Futuring: Making Visions Happen (2007) 2nd ed., was selected as the August 14, 2007, Book of the Month by the National Association for Career and Technical Education. Other recent books include The Superintendent as CEO: Standards-Based Performance (co-authored, 2005) by Corwin Press; Leadership and the Force of Love: Six Keys to Motivating with Love (2002) by Corwin Press, and Professional Standards for the Superintendency, Scarecrow Press. His current writing project is Six Steps to Preparing Exemplary Principals and Superintendents: Leadership Education at Its Best (in press, R&L Education). An October 2008 co-authored article "Maintaining America's Egalitarian Edge in the 21st Century: Unifying K-12 and Postsecondary Education for the Success of All Students" (Theory Into Practice Journal) is a visionary look at a successful collaborative system for all students.

    Hoyle attended Texas A&M on an athletic scholarship, playing first base on a conference championship team. He has served as a public school teacher, coach, and administrator, as well as professor and administrator at six universities. He has been at Texas A&M University since 1975. His two children, their spouses, and one grandson hold degrees from Texas A&M, and two more grandsons were admitted in 2008. Hoyle's spouse, Carolyn, served as a public school and community college English instructor, counselor, and administrator, and is the expert editor for his publications. Hoyle is better known to his grandkids as "Paw Paw".

    2007 — Judith Adkison, Ph.D.
    Judith Adkison
      Judith Adkison is associate dean for Administrative Affairs in the College of Education at The University of North Texas. She joined the UNT faculty in 1983 and has served as chair of the Department of Educational Administration and the Department of Teacher Education and Administration. Her scholarship focuses on leadership and policy issues, particularly those associated with equity. She has served as president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and president of the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

    Adkinson received the James A. Vornberg Living Legend Award for outstanding service and support to the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Her visionary leadership and eye for operational detail lead to her being credited with the governance structure and board organization that is in use today by the association as adopted in 2004.

    History assembled by Jim Vornberg assisted by interviews with Barry Thompson, Stuart Chilton, Robert Hefner, Hoyt Watson, and Lynn Turner