Harry T. Bradley was born in Coleman, Texas, on March 1, 1943 to I.L.
and Ava Jewel Bradley. His father's job with the Halliburton Company
would result in Harry living his formative years in several West Texas
towns. However, Anson, where his mother’s family lived, was his
After graduating from Cisco High School in 1961, he enrolled in
Hardin-Simmons where he was a member of Tau Alpha Phi fraternity and
Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. He worked part time at Dyess Air
Force Base and for HSU basketball coaches, Lou Henson and Paul Lambert,
while he earned a Bachelor of Science degree which he received in 1965.
Upon graduation, Harry served in the United States Air Force from
1965-1967, returning to Hardin-Simmons to complete a Master of Arts
degree in economics in December of 1969.
Following graduate school, he moved to Austin and worked for the
Texas Water Development Board. During his spare time, he became
involved in Democratic Party politics and campaigns, working in numerous
local, state and national elections. He kept his involvement with the
Democrats a big secret from his paternal grandparents because they were
"dyed-in-the-wool Republicans." He was their only grandson, named after
his grandfather. This was a promise made to his mother because of
something called "family harmony."
In 1979, Harry was hired by Abilene State Senator, Grant Jones,
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. The educational and
professional experience he gained through that position allowed him the
opportunity to work for Attorney General Mark White and afterward in the
Governor's Office as Special Assistant to Governor White. In this
capacity, he helped Governor White lead the effort to finalize the
agreement between the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Colorado
River Municipal Water District to build Stacy Reservoir, known today as
the O.H. Ivie Reservoir.
He returned to the Texas Water Development Board in 1987. Three
years later, he joined the Bob Bullock for Lieutenant Governor Campaign,
working full-time in both the 1990 and 1994 campaigns.
At the close of the 1994 campaign, Lieutenant Governor Bullock
appointed Harry as Superintendent of the premiere burial ground for
honored Texans, the Texas State Cemetery, where he continues to serve
today. In addition to statewide elected officials, the Cemetery is the
final resting place for heroes of the Texas Revolution, Civil War
soldiers and cultural icons, as well as such historical figures as
Stephen F. Austin and Sam Rayburn, members of the United States House of
Representatives and Senate, members of the Texas House and Senate, and
notable astronauts, artists, and authors.
Harry is a member of the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in
downtown Austin. He has served as a Baptist deacon since 1986. He has
one son, D'Marcus Dynell Wilson, who is the love of his life, and one
grandson, D'Marcus Dynell Wilson, Jr., and a daughter-in-law, Dezhia
He has long served as a mentor and tutor in the Austin public schools
and in 2005 was chosen as Mentor of the Year by the Austin Independent
School District for elementary schools. His interests also include
working with youth basketball and football leagues. He is a lifetime
member of the American Legion. He was awarded the State Community
Builder Award for Non-Masons by the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas in
When Harry was a student at HSU, he could not have imagined the
amazing opportunities he would experience in Texas government. For many
years he was a familiar face in the Texas Capitol Building where he
interacted daily with the key leadership of the state. A master
storyteller, he has a host of stories and memories, which he loves to
share. He retains a vast reservoir of knowledge about the players in
Texas politics spanning the last five decades.
In 2013, Harry was instrumental in bringing special recognition to
Hardin-Simmons University as he spearheaded an effort to have a memorial
to the late HSU President Evan Reiff displayed at the Texas State
Cemetery. Harry wanted to recognize Dr. Reiff for his work in
integrating the HSU student body in the early 1960s. The memorial
stands today because Harry demonstrated bold leadership in making this
happen. He also held a special ceremony at the Cemetery honoring the
life of Dr. Reiff on the day the memorial was dedicated.
In recognition of his service to the State of Texas and his love for
his alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University proudly inducts Harry T.
Bradley into the HSU Hall of Leaders.
Mr. James E. Porter
James E. Porter was born to Earl and Venice Porter on October 31,
1944. He called Dallas, Texas, home until he enrolled in Hardin-Simmons
University, where he would plant himself and cultivate and develop key
skills that would guide and shape a very successful career in
A music major, Jim became a member and active leader of the men’s
music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, serving as president. As a member of
the men's social club, Kappa Phi Omega, he served as president and in
other leadership positions. He was selected as the Sigma Alpha Iota
"Beau" for 1966-1967. Active in student government, he served on the
Men's Interclub Council and was later elected as president of the
He was named to "Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges"
during his senior year. Immediately upon graduation, he left Texas for
Ellington, Missouri, to assume the position of music teacher for
Southern Reynolds R-2 School District. In Ellington, he taught music
for all grades – kindergarten through high school. He continued to
pursue his education, earning his Master of Education degree in
Secondary Education from North Texas State University (now the
University of North Texas) and certification as an Education Specialist
from Central Missouri State University, with additional graduate study
at Southern Methodist University, Southeast Missouri State University
and the University of Virginia.
Within the Ellington Schools, he advanced to the positions of
Assistant Junior High School Principal and High School Principal before
moving to Amoret, Missouri, where he assumed the position of
Superintendent of Schools for the Miami R-1 School District. From
there, he served as Superintendent of Schools for Iron County C-4 School
District, in Viburnum, Missouri, and then St. James, Missouri, as
Superintendent of Schools for the St. James R-1 School District. After
serving as Assistant Director of the South Central Regional Professional
Development Center, with the University of Missouri at Rolla, he
returned to the public school arena as Superintendent of Schools for
USD#484, Fredonia, Kansas.
In addition, Jim has served as an Adjunct Instructor at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels for Southwest Baptist University in
Salem, Missouri, and for the University of Missouri at both the Columbia
and Rolla campuses.
After 47 years in public education, including 34 as Superintendent of
Schools, he retired from public education and was elected to the
District 9 seat on the Kansas State Board of Education. In that elected
capacity he holds one of the ten positions on the Kansas Board of
Education, representing school districts primarily in southeastern
He serves on the State Board Policy Committee, Professional Standards
Board, the NASBE Governmental Affairs Committee and as liaison for the
Kansas State School for the Blind.
Throughout his distinguished and successful career in Missouri and
Kansas, he has always devoted time to the communities in which he has
lived. Most recently, his civic involvement includes service on the
Fredonia Hospital Board of Trustees, the Fredonia Arts Council and CASA
(Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the 31st Judicial District.
Jim is the recipient of many honors, awards and recognitions.
Included among these are "Outstanding Emeritus Educator" for the South
Central District from the Missouri Association of School Administrators
and the 2002 award for "Statewide Leadership in Service of At-Risk
Families through Family Literacy" from the Missouri Family Literacy
Among the many associations and councils of which he has been a
member are the United School Administrators of Kansas, the Kansas
Association of School Administrators, Kansas Council of Superintendents,
the Kansas School Superintendents Association Board of Directors and
The Leadership Academy of Missouri Department Elementary and Secondary
He has served as a church music director for more than 30 years and
is currently serving as director of the Fredonia Community Choir. He
and his wife, Charlene, have three adult children and two grandchildren.
For his distinguished service as an educational leader and public
servant, it is a high honor for Hardin-Simmons University to induct one
of its own, Jim Porter, into the HSU Hall of Leaders
Mrs. Lucile Gilbert Sandefer
Lucile Gilbert Sandefer was born on February 27, 1869 to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Gilbert of Fayetteville Tennessee.
From an early age she recognized the value of education. After
public schools, she attended Martin Female College at Pulaski,
Tennessee; Howard Female College at Gallatin, Tennessee; and the
Southern Female University at Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, she
studied art and music at the Nashville Conservatory.
She married Jefferson Davis Sandefer on December 26, 1893 and
embraced his love of service to institutions of higher learning. Early
in his career at Strawn College in Strawn, Texas, she served on the
faculty with him.
Throughout her long, active life of 81 years, Mrs. Sandefer had the
philosophy that "women should do something for society outside of home
activities." As First Lady of HSU, she was well known by the student
body and faculty for her interest and involvement in their lives and
contributions to their environment.
During her record thirty one years as First Lady of HSU, she was
active in various activities which included starting a museum, leading
the effort to have electricity extend from downtown to the Forty Acres
and founding the HSU Round Table Organization for the purpose of
cultivating friendships among wives of the University professors. Under
her capable leadership, the organization engaged in entrepreneurial
efforts to financially support the beautification of the campus through
the planting of trees and flowers, installing an irrigation system and
establishing a permanent loan fund for student scholarships.
For more than fifty years, she was active in local, state and
national women’s organizations. At the time of her death, she was
serving as District Chairman of the Texas State Federation of Women’s
As her husband was the son of a Confederate soldier and her father
had six sons who fought for the Confederacy, she was a member and served
as Vice-President of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A leader
in genealogical circles, she served as Record Chairman of the Daughters
of the American Revolution and took pride in tracing her lineage back
to James Polk, 11th President of the United States. Her grandfather's
six brothers all fought in the Revolutionary War.
She held memberships in the West Texas Historical Society and the
First Baptist Church of Abilene. In addition, she served as president of
the Women's Missionary Society and the Jonathan Hopkins Society.
Lucile Sandefer understood the importance of embracing the past while
looking to the future. She initiated the project to save the cracked
University bell, which had dutifully awakened the campus and prompted
students to their classes during its prime, by having it mounted near
the campus triangle. She participated in the groundbreaking for the
Sandefer Memorial Building and Smith Hall and in 1916, laid the first
brick for the Mary Frances Hall dormitory.
About Lucile Sandefer, Yvonne Stackhouse wrote in Hardin-Simmons
University: A Centennial History, "The wife of the president enjoyed the
affection of the whole campus. . ." Quoting from a 1950 Range Rider,
"Her heart and soul have been entwined in the building of this worthy
institution…Her loving personality, keen mentality, splendid character
and unusual faith exemplify all the virtues of a gracious and kindly
In the 1940 Bronco, Mrs. Sandefer said, "My service here has been one
of love and devotion. To those who have had the privilege of passing
the Hardin-Simmons way, and to those who may come, I extend every good
wish. I believe that Hardin-Simmons University is in its embryonic
state and I sincerely trust that the service we have rendered here will
be but the stepping stone of a brilliant future."
Lucile Sandefer passed away on September 26, 1950. Her body was
buried beside her beloved husband in the small cemetery in front of what
is now Moody Center. Yvonne Stackhouse wrote that memorial gifts in
her memory were given to ". . . the beautification of the campus, since
that had been one of her life-long interests."
For her dedicated service and leadership, it is a high honor for
Hardin-Simmons University to posthumously induct its longest serving
First Lady, Lucile Gilbert Sandefer, into the Hall of Leaders.