Prof. Emeritus John R. Hoyle, who has varied association with Texas A&M — as a student, key player on a conference championship baseball team, author of “Good Bull” tales about Aggies and an award-winning teacher and researcher for more than three decades — has been selected as the university’s campus Muster speaker.
Hoyle is professor emeritus of educational administration and a 1957 graduate of Texas A&M.
Muster, a remembrance of students and former students who have died during the past year, is held each April 21 in more than 300 ceremonies around the world and attended by many of the university’s alumni. The largest Muster ceremony is the one on the Texas A&M campus. Each year it fills Reed Arena to its 12,500-seat capacity. The ceremony on campus is student-organized, and students make the decision of whom to invite as speaker.
Hoyle, who specializes in leadership training and assessment and future studies, is recognized as one of America’s leading researchers and reformers in leadership education and assessment and is an authority on the visioning process and futures studies.
Muster planners say Hoyle is a dynamic speaker who spices his content with humor and motivational stories. In a recent national survey of education leaders, Hoyle was selected by his peers as one of America’s four “exceptional living scholars” in educational administration/leadership.
In 1999, the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration honored him with its first “Living Legend Award,” and in 2008, the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration also presented him with its “Living Legend Award.” He also received the coveted “Golden Deeds Award” for distinguished service to Texas education.
A native of Tulsa, Okla., Hoyle came to Texas A&M on a baseball scholarship in the early 1950s, playing first base on the 1955 Southwest Conference championship team. After graduation, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator in Odessa and Midland. He earned three degrees from Texas A&M and joined the faculty in 1975 after serving as a faculty member and administrator at three other universities.
A popular Muster speaker, Hoyle has taught hundreds of Aggies, chaired approximately 120 doctoral committees and received two distinguished teaching awards from The Association of Former Students.
In addition to numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and books, he also wrote the “Good Bull” book series containing humorous stories about student escapades at Texas A&M and, as he says, “the names of these students have been changed to protect the guilty.” His latest book, coauthored by Mario Torres, is Preparing Exemplary Principals and Superintendents: Leadership Education at Its Best.
Hoyle’s son John Jr., his daughter Laura and grandson David, who is in law school, are all Aggie graduates. Another grandson, Michael, is currently a junior at Texas A&M.
At each Muster ceremony around the world, the speaker will be followed by the “Roll Call For The Absent” which is a reading of the names of those from that area who have died in the past year, along with those of other classmates or friends, as requested. As each name is called, a family member or friend will answer “Here,” and a candle will be lit.
Following the candle-lighting ceremony in Reed Arena, the Ross Volunteer Company, which serves as the honor guard for the governor of Texas, will march in to fire a rifle volley followed by a special arrangement of “Taps.”
For more information about Muster, including a list of the “Roll Call For The Absent” and off-campus Muster sites, see The Association of Former Students’ website at: http://www.aggienetwork.com/muster/.
For information about Hoyle and the campus Muster ceremony, go to http://muster.tamu.edu or call (979) 845-7514.