Dr. Gary Wilson and Cammie Petree Receive Heartbeat of McMurry Award

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:50 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Dr. Gary Wilson, professor of biology, and head volleyball coach Cammie Petree have been honored with the 2016 Heartbeat of Campus Award at McMurry University. Established in 2013 by the McMurry University Alumni Board, the Heartbeat of Campus is awarded to a member of the faculty and the staff annually at McMurry Honors and Coronation during Homecoming weekend.

Wilson joined the Department of Biology in 1990 from the faculty at Texas A&M University.  In 1995 he began over 14 years of service as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and later of the School of Natural and Computational Sciences.  Since his return to the classroom, he has been instrumental in the department’s role as an innovator in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment on campus.

Wilson is author of a dozen research articles, has overseen six Honors theses, and is the creator (with McMurry alumni Lon Outland ’93 and Dr. John Parker ’94) of VirtualUnknown™ Microbiology, a lab simulation for teaching microbiology. He is active in his church and the leadership of a local non-profit agency.  

Petree ’83, is currently in her 21st season at the helm of the volleyball program. In 2012, she led the War Hawks to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship, earning National Coach of the Year accolades from both the NCCAA and the AVCA that year, and has earned spots in four-straight NCCAA regional tourneys.

In 2013, Petree was awarded one of the highest annual honors by the NCCAA, when she was the recipient of its “Game Plan 4 Life Character Award.” She is a member of the McMurry Athletics Hall of Honor (inducted 2006). She serves on numerous committees, worshipping at her church and within the Big Country Emmaus Community, and delivering Meals on Wheels every week.

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