McMurry University Fall Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 1

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, August 31, 2015 10:31 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dr. James Hunt, McMurry University vice president for academic affairs, will be the featured speaker for McMurry University’s Fall 2015 Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 1, in Radford Auditorium. Convocation marks the ceremonial opening of the academic year.

Also, Abilene businessman Raymond McDaniel Jr., who passed away this summer, and retired educator Dr. Weldon Crowley will be honored as Trustees Emeriti at the event.

Dr. Hunt joined McMurry University as the Vice President for Academic Affairs on April 1, 2015.

Dr. Hunt previously was provost and Dean of the Faculty at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.  He was responsible for all academic recruitment and promotion, budgeting, class scheduling and registration, and the Paideia Program.  Created through an $8 million grant from the Priddy Charitable Trust, the Paideia Program is an interdisciplinary, integrative, and intentional learning experience that encourages students to make connections among all their learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom.

He also has been successful in obtaining funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to support the Paideia Program, environmental studies and faculty development for “Writing in the Disciplines.” A recent $1.3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is being used to enhance the pedagogy in the sciences.

In addition to Dr. Hunt’s administrative and fundraising accomplishments, he has been a professor of education since 1999. He served as a faculty member at Southwestern from 1988 until his appointment as provost and Dean of the Faculty in 2001. He has authored numerous publications, presentations and workshops on teacher education.

Dr. Hunt received his Master’s and Doctor of Education degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. His undergraduate degree in education is from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri.  

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