Four faculty members were recipients of special awards at the 41st Annual UT Permian Basin Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 18 in the Main Auditorium of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.
Robin Braun, assistant professor of Kinesiology, won the La Mancha Society Golden Windmill Award which is given to an assistant professor to support and encourage young faculty.
Dr. Carol Sullivan, professor of Accountancy, won the President’s Teaching Award. Dr. Jose Antonio Moreno, assistant professor of Spanish, won the President’s Research Award. Dr. Ramiro Bravo, associate professor of Engineering and Technology, won the President’s Service Award. Numerous scholarship recipients, honor roll students and outstanding graduates in various disciplines were also recognized.
Mr. Dennis McEntire, superintendent of Schools for the Presidio Independent School District (PISD) gave the convocation address. In 2012, McEntire was named one of the top five superintendents in the state by the Texas Association of School Boards. He has served as superintendent for Presidio ISD for ten years.
In his introduction of Superintendent McEntire, UTPB President Dr. David Watts recognized the many accomplishments that the students of Presidio ISD had achieved under his leadership.
“You are here because you excel,” said Dennis McEntire in his Convocation address to the audience.“ You can go where you want to go because the doors are open to you. It is not about what you accomplish, it is about the people you meet along the way, the relationships you build and the friendships that you form.”
Mr. McEntire received a Master’s in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from University of North Texas. Prior to assuming the position of superintendent, McIntire was a teacher in Art, Industrial Arts, Bi-lingual Ed, Science, coached in multiple sports. He was an adjunct professor for University of North Texas in the Master’s Across Technology offering.
Among his many accomplishments, McEntire is a wilderness guide for Whitewater, Winter Mountaineering and technical climbing and a program director for a wilderness based group therapy. He is also the statewide diversion director for the Texas Youth Commission, Wilderness Challenge.
In addition, McEntire is a boat captain with both U.S. and Mediterranean sailboat captains licenses. He describes himself as a business owner, artist and all around handyman. Among his current projects are the rebuilding of a 40 ft. blue water sailing yacht and learning to fly a 1974 Czech air force jet fighter. He is married to Bobbie Jones, Superintendent at Terlingua schools and has four children and three grandchildren.
“We are all members of the human race and its survival rests in the hands fo the next generation,: added McEntire. “Remember that those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.”