Dr. Alfred G. Litton, Executive Director, Honors
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, Assistant Director, Honors
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.
Taylor Morgan, Honors Coordinator
Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies and Master of Education from the University of North Texas, where she was an Emerald Eagle Scholar. She spent two years in Housing at Carleton College in Minnesota before joining the Office of Honors Programs in 2017. As she begins her journey at TWU, Taylor is most excited about working with the honors students and leading them on enriching trips, such as annual honors conferences and travel abroad opportunities. In her spare time, Taylor frequently attends concerts/live music, enjoys reading at coffee shops, and exploring new things in the community and the outdoors.
Janie Beyer, Honors Secretary
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
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 for the TWU honors programs 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.