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Our view: West Texas A&M recognizes another strong group of alums

Amarillo Globe-News logo Amarillo Globe-News 11/25/2020 AGN Media Editorial Board, Amarillo Globe-News

West Texas A&M University recently announced another impressive class of people who will be recognized as Distinguished Alumni. Each year, the university salutes those who have gone on to blaze trails of innovation and accomplishment following their years on the Canyon campus.

A diverse group of richly talented people has been selected this year: Dr. Sally Carmen, Scott Doores, Rickey Harman and David Schaeffer. The school’s Distinguished Alumni Awards committee tabbed the four based on their professional achievements and contributions to the Texas Panhandle.

This year’s traditional Phoenix Banquet event, where the school’s distinguished alumni traditionally are honored, has been delayed until the fall of 2021 as a result of the ongoing pandemic. We look forward to this event and the light it will shine on four outstanding individuals.

Carmen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from WT. She recently retired as system director of clinical excellence at Texas Health Resources. She earned her Doctor of Nursing degree from TCU in 2011 and was named one of DFW’s Great 100 nurses. She has earned numerous certifications, including Nurse Executive Advanced, Clinical Nurse Leader, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Doores earned a bachelor’s degree in education and English from WT. He was also a member of the Buffs football and basketball teams. After graduation, he embarked on a career as a professional basketball player, competing in international leagues, and then returned to the Panhandle as a businessman, real estate developer and member of the WTAMU Foundation Board of Directors. He is the founder of AudioTel Corporation, a banking software company that has become a multimillion dollar business that was named Best of the Best from Independent Bankers Association of Texas.

Harman earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from WT and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech in 1982. After earning his degrees, Harman became a well-regarded leader in education throughout the Panhandle. He helped establish Weatherford Christian School, which is a private K-12 school serving more than 300 students. He also is a co-founder of ebank, which was one of the first banks to move to image bank statements in 1982.

Schaeffer earned an accounting degree from WT, which provided the springboard to a successful career as a CPA and philanthropist for WT. His recognition follows his father, Stanley, and mother, Geneva, who were named distinguished alums in 2004 and 1997, respectively. Schaeffer began his career in Dimmitt and became involved in a number of other Panhandle communities through his work as a member of the boards of directors for First United Bank, Opportunity School and Amarillo Little Theatre.

“It is our privilege to honor outstanding alumni whose personal accomplishments and professional achievements are a source of great pride for WT,” Ronnie Hall, executive director of the school’s alumni relations, said. “As distinguished alumni, they are not only recognized for their successes, but commended as faithful ambassadors of WT.”

We congratulate these deserving honorees on this recognition and express our gratitude to each of them for the difference they have made in Amarillo, the Panhandle and beyond.

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Our view: West Texas A&M recognizes another strong group of alums

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