The Alumni Association of Texas A&M University-Commerce honored Dr. Jack Lassiter as a Distinguished Alumna at their annual Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday, April 23, 2016.
The Alumni Awards Gala, held at the University’s Sam Rayburn Student Center, welcomed over two hundred guests to an elegant evening accompanied by a reception and dinner in recognition of the honorees. “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase the caliber of alumni we have in the world that are representing our university,” said Derryle Peace, Director of Alumni Relations.
Dr. Jack Lassiter became the 11th chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello on July 1, 2004. A native of Greenville, Texas, Lassiter first joined UAM in 1977 as director of the Learning Development Center. After two years as dean of college and student services at Wharton County (Texas) Junior College, he returned to UAM in 1980 as vice chancellor for university relations and student services, beginning a 17-year stay at the Monticello campus. In 1993, he was named vice chancellor for academic affairs and student services.
Lassiter left UAM in 1997 to become chancellor of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville before accepting an offer from then-UA System President B. Alan Sugg in 2001 to become executive vice president of the UA System in Little Rock. Three years later, Lassiter returned to UAM as chancellor.
Lassiter holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Science and Doctorate of Education from Texas A&M University Commerce. He and his wife, Judy, have three children. Their son, Joel, is a full partner with Accenture Corporation of Dallas. Joel and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Cordi Haden, have three children – William David, Ethan Samuel and Abigail Clair. The Lassiter’s daughter Heather is an executive assistant with Rogers State University in Oklahoma and is married to Matt Isaacs. They have two children – Eleanor Grace and Caliger Reed. Their other daughter Leigh is director of internships and career counselor at her alma mater, Hendrix College. She and her husband, Dr. Richard Counts, have two children – Eliza Clare and Jameson Finn.
Honorees receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award are recognized for having achieved outstanding success in their chosen profession.