Dr. John Brockman retired as president of Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas, where he served for 34 years. He began as an instructor in history and government before moving on to division chair and then vice president of instruction prior to his presidency. Coastal Bend College became a Round One Achieving ghe Dream College during his tenure as president and a Leader College following his retirement. Dr. Brockman became an ATD coach in 2007.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Dr. Brockman engaged with his students through a home grown, computer aided instruction program using BASIC and ASCII so his students could better prepare for testing and get feedback, check their grades and course progress, and send and receive individual electronic messages via computer terminals in college labs that connected the college’s Hewlett-Packard mainframe computer. He presented this work at national meetings using a Texas Instruments laptop with a dial-in modem and a printer with thermal paper.
As an undergraduate and serving as president of the Student Senate at Southwestern University, Dr. Brockman facilitated the passage of a resolution urging the desegregation of the university. Southwestern University integrated the following year.
Ph.D. | University of Texas at Austin
M.A. | Texas A&M University College Station
B.A. | Southwestern University, Georgetown Texas
President | Coastal Bend College, Beeville, Texas
Member of the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Regional Coordinator | University of Texas Dana Center Mathematics Pathways.
Staff of the Vice President of Transportation (Operations) | Missouri Pacific Railroad, St. Louis, Missouri.
Fire Lookout | Horseshoe Lake Lookout Tower, Clearwater National Forest, Idaho
How has education changed your life/your family?
I was the first in my family to attend and complete college. From my first degree forward, doors and opportunities were open to me that otherwise would have been closed. This has had a profound impact on my life. While working on my three degrees, I also worked from time to time for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in a variety of positions and locations.