Steve Spivey was selected for first Barbara Melzer Endowed Professorship.

The Barbara Melzer Endowed Professorship was created through the generous donation of Dr. Kathy Safford. The professorship is to recognize the commitment to excellence that Dr. Barbara Melzer established for students and faculty while on the faculty at Texas State. The Professorship is awarded for three years and will support the recipient to focus on activities that contribute to the department Mission.

Dr. Spivey’s proposal is to research and establish the best approaches to foster the mental health practices of those students enrolled in the DPT program. In his proposal Dr. Spivey stated that “Mama” Melzer made all of her students a priority and would do anything to support and protect them. He would like to continue her legacy to identify what we can do to support mental health and wellness and support the “family” culture in the program.

“I am overwhelmed and honored to be named the Melzer Professor for the next three years. Dr. Melzer was an irreplaceable mentor to me. I wouldn't be the man I am today without her support and encouragement. I am thrilled for the chance to continue her legacy of supporting and mentoring the students of Texas State University.”
Congratulations to Dr. Steve Spivey!