Hardin-Simmons University will proudly confer Honorary
Doctorate degrees upon Richard
and Deann Styles at the Winter Commencement ceremony at
2 p.m. on December 12, 2015. Richard Styles will receive a Doctor of Laws and
Deann Styles will receive a Doctor of Humanities.
M. Styles’ distinguished career has included service to his nation, farming,
college teaching, public relations and university administration.
native born on a farm outside of Lubbock, Styles is a graduate of New Deal High
School. Following graduation, he entered
Texas Tech University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish. From Texas Tech, he served in the United
States Army. After farming for two
years, he entered graduate school at the University of New Mexico, earning a
master’s degree in Latin American Studies.
He began his
profession in higher education as an instructor of Spanish at Virginia
Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. Following his teaching experience, he
accepted the position of director of public relations and development at the
institution. Continuing his work in
public relations and development, he soon joined the Foreign Mission Board in
Richmond, Virginia, serving under the leadership of Dr. Jesse C. Fletcher.
join Dr. Fletcher once again in Abilene, Texas, as he served as vice president
for university relations and development at Hardin-Simmons University. From
1978 to 1998 he led the development and advancement functions of HSU. During these years, he was highly effective
in directing fundraising initiatives for HSU.
Styles has enjoyed an impressive career as a school teacher, principal,
therapist, university administrator, adjunct professor and consultant. A native of Friona, in the Texas Panhandle,
she has given selflessly as a volunteer to numerous non-profit causes and has
served in leadership positions through her church and community in several
different settings in Virginia and Texas.
of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics
Education, Styles earned a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Human
Development from Hardin-Simmons University. In addition, she has done post-graduate
work at Texas Tech University, the University of Richmond, the University of
Virginia and HSU.
way, this busy multi-tasking mother of three has made a difference in the lives
of countless others. For six years she
served as a therapist for Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment at First
Baptist Church of Abilene, Texas.
two decades of service with HSU, she served as director of religious
activities, consultant for the gifted and talented program, assistant director
of continuing education, office coordinator for the “Forging the Future”
campaign and as an adjunct professor in family psychology. During this time, she also traveled
throughout the United States helping to garner resources for HSU.