Catherine Evans Supple
Cathy Supple came to Central Texas with her late husband, Dr. Jerry Supple, who was President of Texas State University 1989 to 2002.
On campus, Mrs. Supple worked with President Supple to establish the Center for the Study of the Southwest and to obtain its national designation as the NEH Southwest Regional Humanities Center. She also helped to establish other campus resources for the study of the Southwest, including the Southwestern Writers Collection and the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography, the Hispanic Writers Collection, the Katherine Anne Porter House and Literary Center, the Center for Archaeological Studies, the Texas Rivers Center at Aquarena Springs, the Freeman Ranch, and the Center for Texas Music History.
To honor the Supples’ distinguished accomplishments on behalf of the study of the Southwest, the University established The Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professorship in Southwestern Studies, to be held by leading scholars in the humanities, whose focus will be to transmit Southwestern heritage through research, teaching, preservation, and public programming.
Mrs. Supple studied International Relations at the University of California, Berkeley, before receiving her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY-Fredonia and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from SUNY-Plattsburgh. She was a photojournalist for the Chautauqua County Arts Newsmagazine and North Country Catholic, and she taught English in high schools and at Austin Community College.
Mrs. Supple has given dedicated service to other organizations throughout Central Texas. She has served as a board member for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center in San Marcos, the San Marcos Education Foundation, the Texas Mental Health Agency, and the Heart of Texas Arts Council. She served as president of People Against Violent Crime.