Longtime Tarleton State University faculty member Dr. Joe W. Gillespie has been named a Regents Professor for his exemplary service to The Texas A&M University System.

Gillespie, professor of kinesiology, came to Tarleton in 1973 as head track coach and assistant football coach. Since his arrival on campus he has served as chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education, athletics director and spent 16 years in university administrative capacities, including dean of the College of Education.?“These awards are an opportunity for us to recognize the outstanding work our faculty and staff are doing throughout the A&M System,” said Dr. Richard A. Box, chairman of the Board of Regents. “The recipients come from different backgrounds and areas of expertise, but the common thread they have is their dedication to their professions and the A&M System.”?A total of 11 professors and seven fellows within the A&M System were named Regents Professors for 2011-12. The board established the Regents Professor Award program in 1996 and Regents Fellow Service Award program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas.?A native of Coleman, Gillespie received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry University and a master’s from Stephen F. Austin State University before earning his doctorate in education at Texas A&M. During his tenure on the Tarleton faculty, he has developed specializations in physical education, University Interscholastic League (UIL) regulations, track meet administration, exercise, health education and sports.?In spring 2011, Gillespie was among 10 Tarleton faculty members receiving the Student Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognizes superb classroom teaching skills based on student-administered evaluations.??