Photos: Stanlake, Taylor, Thomas, Forrester
Dr. Gary Stanlake, professor of biology, director of the Texas Institute for Environmental Sustainability at HSU; Dr. Teresia Taylor, department head of foreign languages, senior professor of Spanish; Dr. Doug Thomas, department head and professor of psychology; and Margaret Forrester, special assistant to financial affairs; will be retiring from Hardin-Simmons University this summer. The retirement of these four employees represent 123 years of service to HSU.
Dr. Gary Stanlake
Stanlake’s interest in microbial ecology spans 35 years from his Cornell University research on the bioremediation of pentachlorophenol to his present direction of undergraduate research on algal biofuels.
In addition to teaching, Stanlake has served HSU as biology department head, graduate program director in environmental management, and dean of HSU Graduate Studies.
Upon returning from Australia in 2011, Stanlake undertook the creation of an institute housed on the Hardin-Simmons campus dedicated to environmental sustainability. The Texas Institute for Environmental Sustainability (TIES) is modeled on the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) housed in Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
In service to HSU, Stanlake has received the Cullen Professor, Research-Creativity Award; served two terms as faculty president; and one semester as visiting professor to Harlaxton College, Grantham, England.
Stanlake earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Oklahoma City University in 1966. He earned a Master of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, in 1973. Continuing his studies there, Stanlake earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1976, and the following year earned a post-doctorate in chemistry from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Dr. Teresia Taylor, head of the Department of Foreign Languages and senior professor of Spanish, joined the HSU faculty in 1989. Taylor holds two degrees from HSU, a Bachelor of Science degree in education (1968) and a Master of Arts degree in English/Spanish (1976). She earned a Ph.D. degree in Spanish from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, in 1992.
Taylor has headed up the food committee for the HSU Western Heritage Day celebration, served as vice president of the HSU faculty, and as a member of the university steering committee to prepare for an accreditation visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
One of her most cherished services to the university has been acting as interpreter on mission trips to Mexico and other Latin American countries with students studying for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
She has worked tirelessly with the University of Interscholastic League competitions held at HSU and has taught many students in numerous countries as part of the HSU study abroad program, overseeing classrooms and students in Salamanca, Spain; London, England; and has even escorted HSU students to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
While a teacher in Clyde ISD for 21 years, she was recipient of the Texas Excellence Award for Outstanding High School Teachers. She was also honored as Clyde’s Teacher of the Year for 1988-89.
Dr. Doug Thomas
Dr. Douglas P. Thomas, professor of psychology and head of the HSU Psychology Department, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology at California Baptist University, Riverside, California, in 1965. He received his Master of Arts degree in social sciences with a specialization in the philosophy of social science from California State University, Fullerton, in 1975, and he completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the United States International University, San Diego, California in 1981.
He served his pre-doctoral internship with San Bernardino County Department of Mental Health, San Bernardino, California.
Before coming to Hardin-Simmons, Thomas was a licensed psychologist in California and was employed as the director of a community mental health clinic in Fontana, California, where he worked with patient populations and supervised other mental health professionals. He also had a private practice in Riverside, California.
Thomas has also worked with juvenile offenders at Riverside Juvenile Hall, and with emotionally disturbed adolescents at Good Samaritan Centers in Corona, California.
Margaret Forrester, special assistant to financial affairs, officially retires with 46 years of service to HSU, working primarily as an assistant in the HSU Business Office. Forrester, while semi-retired, has worked in positions across the campus, especially helping out in the Alumni Relations Office. Forrester is a previous recipient of the Former Staff Member of the Year Award.