WT Awards Honorary Doctorate to Longtime Educator

Dec. 12, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. Eddie Henderson, 806-651-2603, ehenderson@wtamu.edu

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682, bcastillo@wtamu.edu


WT Awards Honorary Doctorate to Longtime Educator

CANYON, Texas—Barbara J. Bain is to be presented an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Education by West Texas A&M University at the commencement ceremony on Dec. 14 at the First United Bank Center.

Bain is being honored for her significant lifelong commitment and contribution to education, primarily in the Texas Panhandle, supporting the University’s generational plan WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World. Bain has been highly involved in both secondary and higher education as well as educator preparation for WT’s undergraduate and graduate students and children of Texas.  

Honorary degrees offer the University opportunity to recognize excellence in the fields of public affairs, the sciences, humanities and the arts, scholarship and education, business and philanthropy and social services with significant and lasting contributions to community.

“The awarding of the honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education to Mrs. Bain acknowledges the significant and lasting influence of Barbara’s lifetime of professional service and personal philanthropy on West Texas A&M University, the Texas Panhandle region, and the untold number of Texas learners who have benefitted from her dedication to public school and higher education,” Dr. Eddie Henderson, dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, said.

Bain, a native of Hale Center, Texas, got her start at WT with a B.S. in education in 1960. For 35 years, she gave exemplary service to the public schools in rural Texas Panhandle and New Mexico and was honored as Teacher of the Year by Dimmitt ISD in 1991.

After retirement in 1998, she continued to serve on the Dimmitt I.S.D. Board of Trustees from 1990 until 2008 as well as many other leadership positions in the Dimmitt I.S.D. Retired School Personnel Association and in the Region 16 Education Service Center Retired Teachers Association. Currently, she actively serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canyon I.S.D. Education Foundation.

Bain is a valued member of numerous University advisory boards including the College of Education and Social Sciences Advisory Council, the WTAMU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Buffalo Club Board of Directors, and she is recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Education and Social Sciences.

Bain’s nomination received unanimous support of the Department of Education faculty, the dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. In addition, the Barbara Bain English Language Arts and Social Studies Model Classroom will be dedicated to the WT campus.

For more information about the College of Education and Social Sciences or Barbara J. Bain, call 806-651-2600.