2011 Honorary Alumni



Dr. C. LaVeta Ligon
2011 Honorary Alumni


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Dr. C. LaVeta Ligon graduated cum laude in 1946 from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in religious education. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she worked part-time in various administrative departmental offices at the university. After graduation, she began working for the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Public Welfare, where she was a caseworker reviewing the eligibility of children and the elderly. In 1951, Ligon began studying for her master of arts degree at Baylor University while working as a secretary in the departments of Nursing and Religion. She accepted a full-time position as administrative assistant to the vice president and dean of the Graduate School while she continued her degree program and post-M.A. in educational psychology.

Ligon moved to Missouri in 1955, where she was director of Student Activities at Hannibal-LeGrange College before heading to Nashville in 1960 to study for an educational specialist degree in general psychology and clinical counseling at the George Peabody College for Teachers. After working as an instructor in psychology at Western Maryland College and Frostburg State College, she came to ETSU in 1964 and taught in the Department of Psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels until she retired in 1989. She took a leave of absence in 1968 to pursue her Ph.D. in counselor education at Florida State University and returned to ETSU in 1970. In 1972, Ligon became an associate professor and reached full professor status by 1979. Ligon was named by former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander to the state Board of Examiners in Psychology, where she served for three years, including a stint as chairperson.

Ligon is a member of the Distinguished President’s Trust Silver Society at ETSU for an endowment she established in 1980 in honor of her mother, Mable Clair Ligon.  The endowment provides a scholarship within the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education for graduate counseling students or junior or senior education majors.