Glenda Brock Simmons
The Glenda Brock Simmons Leadership Scholarship was established to provide a stream of income to outstanding undergraduate student leaders at Texas Woman’s University. Selection is made by the Vice President of Student Life. Award winners are announced at the TWU Red Bud Awards Banquet.
For more than 50 years, Dr. Simmons has been involved with TWU as a student, teacher, administrator or volunteer. A 2004 Distinguished TWU Alumna, she received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees at TWU in 1961 and 1962, respectively. She served as TWU’s dean of students and vice president for student life for 14 years and was a member of the business and economics faculty for 22 years. When she retired from TWU in 1997, she was named vice president emeritus, the only person ever to hold such a title at TWU.
During her tenure at TWU, she was departmental academic adviser; faculty sponsor of Delians Literary-Social Club; homecoming chairperson; faculty representative to the TWU Foundation; chair of the TWU Welfare Committee; an active member and officer of her professional associations; adviser to the Student Government Association, Mortar Board and Alpha Chi; a representative to the Chamber of Commerce; and United Way Board member and secretary. She served as a reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and was a member of every TWU SACS reaffirmation committee during her tenure at the university.
Dr. Simmons was selected by students as outstanding faculty member numerous times and was named the Texas Business Education Teacher of the Year in 1973. Under her leadership, the TWU family housing program was established, the human relations program was initiated, and Neighbors Educated Together (NET), intercultural services, disability support services and conference services were established as university components.
Since her retirement, she has served as a member of the TWU Foundation Board, as a board member of Friends of the Family, and has been actively involved as a volunteer with Ann’s Haven Hospice, the RSVP tutoring program and numerous other community social service agencies. She has been a member of the TWU Former Students Association and served as the chair of the TWU Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee in 2007 and 2008.
“The Founders’ Award is just one more reminder of the many ways that my life has been enriched as a member of the TWU community,” Dr. Simmons said. “I appreciate the opportunities that I have had to be a partner in the education of TWU students as scholars, leaders and service providers.”