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College Announces Two Endowed Chairs



College Announces Two Endowed Chairs

December 5, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) recently named two faculty members to the new endowed chairs of Scholarly and Civic Engagement and Nursing.

Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis, professor of English, was named to the Lebrecht Chair of Scholarly and Civic Engagement

Dr. Joyce Swegle, professor of nursing, was named to the Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing

Dr. Lisa Roy-Davis, professor of English, was named to the Lebrecht Chair of Scholarly and Civic Engagement, and Dr. Joyce Swegle, professor of nursing, was named to the Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing during a Nov. 28 reception.

Royden L. Lebrecht's $1 million gift was the largest from an individual philanthropist in the history of Collin. The Lebrecht Endowed Chair for Scholarly and Civic Engagement was established to recognize Mr. Lebrecht's commitment to education and the community. Mr. Lebrecht supported a number of charitable and civic organizations and believed that education created opportunity.

Mr. Lebrecht was born in Denison, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas. He served as a major during World War II as a pilot in some of the most dangerous missions. Mr. Lebrecht built many successful business ventures in Tucson, Ariz., and became a noted real estate entrepreneur.

Dr. Roy-Davis has been a professor of English at Collin since August 2003. She holds a bachelor of arts in English from Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass., a master of arts in English from La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., and a doctorate with a specialty in 20th Century American Literature, U.S. Latina Writers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Roy-Davis was given the 2005 Ambassador Award from the college's Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement and was named Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year for the Communications and Humanities Department for 2003-04. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NTCE), NCTE's Latino/a Caucus, the College English Association and the Modern Language Association. Currently, Dr. Roy-Davis is the chair of the Mexican-American Field of Study Task Force.

The Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing was established by Richard Dickinson on behalf of his mother, Florence Marie. The endowment will further the attraction and retention of highly qualified nursing faculty as well as support student scholarships.

Dr. Joyce Swegle, professor of nursing, was named to the Dickinson Endowed Chair in Nursing

Mrs. Dickinson was born in Pawtucket, R.I., in 1902 to Swedish immigrants. By the time she was 10, both of her parents were deceased, leaving Mrs. Dickinson and many of her siblings in the care of an orphanage. Mrs. Dickinson studied nursing at the Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut. During her career as a nurse, Mrs. Dickinson worked for a well-known family in Orange County, Calif., and in a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients.

Dr. Swegle received her doctorate in nursing from Texas Woman's University. Her initial nursing education was from an associate degree nursing program in Kansas City, Kan. She received her bachelor's degree in psychiatric rehabilitation from Central Missouri State and her master's education in nursing from Vanderbilt University.

She came to Collin in the fall of 2002 with a varied experience background in nursing, including home health, long term care and community mental health. Her teaching experience includes clinical staff development and quality management for health care institutions and baccalaureate nursing education at Texas Woman's University. Her expertise in quality management, clinical service and nursing education makes her an effective role model and teacher for the last semester nursing courses at Collin.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.