For Immediate Release
July 13, 2007

UTB/TSC Says Goodbye to Dean of Education

Dr. Carl Stockton, UTB/TSC Dean of the School of Education, gave his farewell to his colleagues during a reception on Thursday, July 12, celebrating his many accomplishments.

Stockton, who started at UTB/TSC in January of 2004, accepted a position at the University of Houston – Clear Lake as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“He has been a wonderful Dean to work with .He did such a great job,” said Dr. Gayle Brogdon, who will take Stockton’s place as interim dean.

During the celebration, Stockton’s colleagues noted his integrity, support, strong leadership, kindness and great strides he made at the university.

“I appreciate the wisdom you brought to the University,” said Dr. Charles Dameron, vice president for Academic Affairs. “The contributions of momentum were so impressive.”

 Among the many contributions Stockton made at the university is the push for the implementation of a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in bilingual education.

The program is set to go before the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Thursday, July 19, in Austin. If approved, the doctoral degree will be the first for UTB/TSC.

As part of the school’s anniversary year celebration, which commemorates the 15-year partnership between UTB and TSC, Stockton also played an inspirational role in helping two of his faculty members and two students break the Guinness World Record for reading aloud, logging in more than 140 hours.

Dr. Javier Ayala, who was unable to attend the event, still expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the man he called “boss” over the past few years through a letter.

“Without a doubt, we couldn’t have done it without you,” Ayala wrote. “You were an inspiration to me and to us all. I don’t believe your time here was by chance, because I believe nothing ever is by chance.”

Stockton too believed his time at UTB/TSC was more than a random sequence of events. 

“I remember when I was applying for dean’s positions when I was in North Carolina, I hesitated to apply to UTB/TSC, nearly five years ago,” Stockton said.  “I remember seeing the position in the “Chronicle for Higher Education” newspaper, which I really never read then, but for some reason I had on my desk. It took me three weeks to apply and now I know it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

“I’m going to miss you guys,” he said.

Colleagues and friends gave Stockton personal gifts, including engraved mementoes, framed photos, and even a serenade of Kenny Roger’s “Lucille,” performed by Dr. Olivia Rivas, chair/ professor of School Specialties; Douglas Ferrier, dean of Instructional Support and Dr. Jose Martin, provost.

Stockton begins his new position on August 1.