WC Announces 2022 Alumna of the Year, Distinguished Alumni | Local News


Weatherford College has announced Donna Dickinson as its 2022 Alumnus of the Year. She will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon with Distinguished Alumni Award winners Dr. Arleen Atkins and Raymond Pritchard.

Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, in the community room on the third floor of the new Emerging Technologies and Workforce building.

Dickinson graduated from Weatherford High School in 1980 and attended WC for three semesters before beginning her 39-year career at the Jerry Durant Auto Group. She has held several leadership positions, including general manager, and is now Jerry and Vickie Durant’s “right hand” as a community liaison.

“Donna loves Weatherford College and continues to support her alma mater,” her contestant said. “She has been a very significant advocate for the college and has been a key ambassador for the WC Foundation.”

Dickinson established a new WC Foundation scholarship fund last fall in honor of his mother and served on the steering committee of the WC Bell Ringers’ Ball in 2019.

She has served on the board of the WISD Education Foundation since 2009 and served as chair of the board in 2012-2013. She is also Past Chair of the Board of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

In 2018, Dickinson received the Weatherford Chamber’s Athena Award and was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus for Weatherford ISD in 2015.

Atkins grew up in Crawford, Texas, and got her real estate license from WC in the early 1980s. She took additional courses in computers and web design and served as a county extension worker before starting work. part-time at WC in 1983.

Over the course of 39 years, Atkins progressed through the WC and retired in 2022 as Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, capping her career by leading the most successful re-accreditation visit in college history.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tarleton State University, is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1998.

Atkins is a longtime leader of the Parker County Zonta Club, board member of Sanctified Hope and former board member of the WC Wesley Foundation, and is a member of Annetta United Methodist Church, where she plays some piano.

Pritchard graduated from Aledo High School and graduated from WC in 1973. He was hired by the Weatherford Police Department before he was old enough to buy a gun and check parking meters until he was 21. After training at the police academy, he worked on patrol, then became a detective, working his way up to deputy chief.

During his career, Pritchard has served on several committees, including the Parker County Committee on Aging, the Salvation Army, AIDS Resources of Rural Texas, and the Parker County Transportation Advisory Board.

He has volunteered to speak to WC criminal justice students and regularly encourages people to start, continue or complete their studies at Weatherford College. After a 30-year career, Pritchard retired but continued to work part-time for several years for Parker County and the City of Weatherford.

Dinner tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available online at https://www.simpletix.com/e/alumni-awards-luncheon-tickets-102261 or contact Madi Mayfield at 817-598-8924, [email protected]


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