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TWU announces 2012 Distinguished Alumni


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DENTON — Texas Woman’s University and the TWU Former Students Association has named three women with distinguished careers as the university’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni.

Lillie Tucker-Akin, B.S. ’58, a senior science consultant with Delta Education company; Dr. Anne Myers Gudmundsen, B.S. ’62, M.S. ’97, former dean of the TWU College of Nursing and a retired nursing educator and practitioner; and Arkansas State Rep. Dr. Johnnie Roebuck (D-Arkadelphia), B.S. ’64, Arkansas House Majority Leader, will be honored at a luncheon Friday, April 20 at Hubbard Hall on the TWU Denton campus.

A reception to greet the honorees will take place at 11:15 a.m. in the Pioneer Room. The reception is free and open to the public. Tickets for the luncheon, which will begin at noon in the Southeast Ballroom, are $25 each and may be purchased by calling (940) 898-2586 or emailing

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor given to a TWU graduate. Recipients represent the high ideals of the university as demonstrated in their professional accomplishments, leadership and community service.

Lillie Tucker-Akin

Ms. Tucker-Akin earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in nutrition and food science in 1958 under her mentor Dr. Pauline Berry Mack. She later earned a master’s degree in science education from the University of Mississippi and has done extensive coursework in chemistry education in several universities.

For the past 19 years she has served as a senior science consultant with School Specialty and Delta Education. Ms. Tucker-Aiken served for 35 years as a classroom science teacher and has focused on the preparation of science teachers. She has been the co-director of a National Science Foundation project, Chemistry for Teachers; director of a state project, Operation Chemistry; director and consultant for Physical Science for Elementary Teachers; director of Building a Presence for Science for Mississippi; and a senior consultant for the Academy for Science Teaching.

Her many leadership roles include president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association, president of the National Council of Associated Science Teacher’s Organizations and Groups, and district representative for the National Science Teachers Association. She has authored two books and starred in a national science staff-development series produced by Southeastern Regional Consortium and Educational Television. Her talents have been recognized by many awards, predominantly for teaching excellence. Early in her career, Ms. Tucker-Akin sang with the Minneapolis Opera and was a couturier model for Sakowitz, the White House and Nieman Marcus.

Dr. Anne Gudmundsen

Dr. Gudmundsen received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from TWU in 1962. Subsequently she earned both a master’s degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in higher education at universities in Colorado.

Later in her career, Dr. Gudmundsen returned to TWU and completed the family nurse practitioner program in 1997. Dr. Gudmundsen has extensive experience as both a practicing clinician and a nurse educator. She held faculty positions at the University of Colorado and Texas Christian University. She also was the dean of TWU’s College of Nursing from 1978-1989 and served for two years as the acting provost for the TWU Institute of Health Sciences in Dallas. During that time she received a citation from the Texas Legislature for “Outstanding Leadership as Dean of the College of Nursing.” Also, in 1995 she was recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Dr. Gudmundsen was an active member of several honorary societies, including Delta Kappa Gamma and Sigma Theta Tau International. She has conducted numerous research projects, served as a manuscript and grant reviewer, and served on editorial boards of nursing journals. She is widely published with professional journal articles and book chapters and has given more than 40 local and national professional presentations.

As nursing dean she served on several state-level committees related to health care and formula funding. She has served as a nursing and curriculum consultant in Russia, Australia, and Mexico.

Dr. Johnnie Roebuck

Dr. Roebuck earned a bachelor of science degree in sociology and social work from TWU in 1964. She later earned master of science in education, master’s specialist and doctoral degrees from universities in Arkansas.

Following more than 20 years as a special education teacher and administrator, Dr. Roebuck became a professor at Henderson State University, where she also served as dean of the Graduate School and coordinator for the Program in Educational Leadership. She has extensive professional publications and has given numerous state, regional and national presentations.

At Henderson State University she received three different faculty excellence awards, one for research, one for teaching and one for service. She is a graduate of Leadership America and the Arkansas Leadership Academy. She was a delegate to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Dean’s Leadership Forum and a member of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team in Argentina. She also is President of her own company, Managerial and Leadership Concepts.

Dr. Roebuck was elected to the Arkansas State Legislature in 2006. She has been honored by many associations for her legislative work, including being named as the Outstanding Legislator by the Arkansas Dental Association, the Arkansas Public Policy Foundation, the Municipal League, the Sierra Club, the Arkansas Police Benevolent Association, the Arkansas State Firefighters Association, the Arkansas Counseling Association, and Arkansas Voices for Children Left Behind. She was elected as the House Majority Leader in Arkansas in 2011.

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