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Dr. Alfred G. Litton

Dr. Alfred G. Litton, Executive Director Email:

A native of Arkansas, Dr. Litton earned his BA from the University of Arkansas and his MA from the University of Central Arkansas. In 1993 he earned his PhD in English from the University of South Carolina. He has been working at TWU since 1995 and has served as the executive director of TWU honors since its founding. His fondest honors memory dates back to 1999 when the very first group of honors freshmen was recruited. He says, “That group has always been very special to me because they exhibited all the personal qualities you look for in honors students. They did not mind that we had not ‘officially’ created a program yet. They were willing to work hard to start one, and they did! I’m very proud of that group.” Dr. Litton enjoys meeting all of the bright, ambitious TWU honors students and seeing them explore and grow while in college. In his spare time, Dr. Litton enjoys gardening, reading, and fishing.

Beth Yelverton, Senior Honors Coordinator Email:

Beth has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Lamar University. She has lived in southeast Texas, Louisiana, and Africa, but she has been happy to call the Denton/Dallas area home since 2004 when she began working at TWU. There are a lot of things to enjoy about working for TWU honors, but Beth especially enjoys traveling with the students to conferences and the annual travel abroad trip, working with student leaders and mentors, and helping the honors students plan their events.  One memorable experience working for TWU honors was seeing the pope while in Rome with the honors students. In her spare time, Beth enjoys dancing, exploring new places and old favorites, spending time with friends and family, and planning the next adventure.

Gretchen Knurr, Honors Coordinator Email:

Gretchen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University with majors in English Literature and Music. She worked at a charter high school in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Denton to work at TWU in October 2013. Her favorite part of working for TWU honors is the daily opportunity she has to get to know honors students individually, whether that be by chatting with them in the office, attending honors events, or going on the annual travel abroad trip. One of her favorite honors memories was bringing students to watch a live jazz performance while in New Orleans. When she’s not at work, Gretchen enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, playing the piano, and going to concerts. 

Janie Beyer, Honors Secretary Email:

Janie grew up in the town of Lindsay, Texas, a small German farming community.  A TWU alumna, Janie earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from TWU and earned her Master of Education from the University of North Texas.  After retiring from teaching middle school English, she began working at TWU in September, 2004. What she loves most about working at TWU are all the students and the honors staff and the fact that her job is interesting—every day is different.  She finds Dr. Litton’s commentaries and conversations around the office to be a memorable honors experience. In her words, “He is so funny and so smart.” When she is not at work, Janie enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending sporting events, dining out, and traveling.


Rae Murphy, Honors Secretary Email:

A native of the Dallas Fort Worth area, Rae is no stranger to TWU. She is a TWU alumna who earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Two of her three sons also attended TWU. Rae worked at TWU from 1989-2004, took a ten year hiatus, and returned to TWU in July 2014 to work as secretary in the honors office. For Rae, the best part of working in the honors program is getting to know the other staff and students. In her spare time, Rae enjoys doing yard work, making crafts, helping her husband work on old cars—he has quite a collection of them—and last, but not least, taking naps.

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