Past Presidents’ Council

For the women who have served as the president of the TWU Alumni Association, dedication to TWU does not end when their term of service ends.  Instead, each may have become a member of the Association’s Past Presidents’ Council, a group which has over the years pooled their collective talents and monies to make special contributions to the Association and the University.

At the recent Founders’ Award Luncheon, where the Association was recognized for its continuous support of the university, several members of the Past Presidents Council were in attendance including Louise Hagood, Madge Boucher Boynton, Bettye Meyers, Leigh Blair and Barbara Luther Taylor.  Certainly, the Past Presidents Council played a key role in the efforts that were recognized by the TWU Foundation at the luncheon.

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Lattice Arbor – 1981

Traditionally, the members of the Past Presidents’ Council have met annually at the Homecoming weekend each April to discuss how they might best support the university community.  Many times this involved campus beautification projects such as a lattice arbor leading to the botanical gardens or a strategically placed teak bench to provide a place to stop and rest.

Monk photo1One of the most notable and treasured contributions to the campus has been the statue of St. Francis, standing just outside the Little Chapel In-the-Woods.  In the 1950s artist Jo Roper sculpted the kneeling Saint who gently holds a bird. After 50 years of watching over the birds and squirrels and providing a spirit of peace in the gardens, the St. Francis statue was beginning to show wear.  In the year 2000 the Past Presidents’ Council provided the resources for the restoration of the statue and provided the instructions for the care and maintenance of the statue so that many more students, faculty, staff and visitors may enjoy its serenity.

Below is a listing of the women who have served as president of the Association for the past 50 years and their terms of office.

Patricia Jackson Edwards                               2012-2016

Madge Boucher Boynton                                2008-2012

Barbara Luther Taylor                                     2004-2008

Lee Blair                                                               2000-2004

Ann Ferrell Williams                                        1998-2000   

Bettye B. Myers                                                  1996-1998

*Mary Beth Foshee Scull                                  1994-1996                         

*Helen Haddix Deiker                                       1992-1994

Louise Wimberly Hagood                                 1990-1992

Karen Dillard Bluethman                                  1988-1990

Hoy Casey Gatlin                                                  1986-1988

Dorothy Mangum Kinsel                                    1984-1986

Docia Schultz Williams                                    1982-1984

*Dorothy Schmittgens Henderson                 1980-1982

*Katherine Winter Magee                                  1978-1980

*Laverne Collins Chatfield                                 1976-1978

Kathryn Coffey Ragsdale                                    1974-1976

Dorothy Anderson Holland                               1972-1974

*Nanette Keefe Reichert                                     1970-1972

Frances Sunkel Sneed                                          1968-1970

*Helen Hare Thorpe                                                1966-1968

*Denotes Deceased






About 4twualumni

Director of Alumni Relations, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Dallas and Houston Texas
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One Response to Past Presidents’ Council

  1. Rebecca T. Davila says:

    I am so please the University has decided to rename back to Alumni Association. This is in keeping with the dating back to the beginning. Very happy.

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