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 Regents name Blanchard Distinguished Professor Emerita

Dr. Lydia Blanchard
Dr. Blanchard

May 2008—Dr. Lydia Blanchard, who retired in 2008 from the Texas State Department of English faculty, has been named Distinguished Professor of English Emerita by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

Blanchard has served on the Texas State English faculty for 24 years. She served as chair of the English Department for 12 years.

During her tenure as department chair, the English Department added an acclaimed master’s degree program in creative writing, a master’s in technical writing, a redesigned and strengthened master’s degree in literature, and transformed the undergraduate English degree program. She served as director of planning for the College of Liberal Arts, director of the Office of Multicultural and Gender Studies, acting director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and co-chair of the President’s Council for Women.

Meeting May 15 and 16 on the Texas State campus, the regents also voted to honor John J. Beck, Daniel L. Hannon, and Michael H. McBride as Distinguished Professors Emeriti. Beck was designated Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration and Psychological Services and Dean of the College of Education. Hannon was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre. McBride was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication. More information on the careers of Beck, Hannon and McBride can be read here.