ARLINGTON - Dr. Maxwell C. Scarlett, a 1966 graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, and his wife Vivian have established the Biology Department's first endowed professorship, a gift enhanced by the University's new Maverick Match program.
Maverick Match uses royalty revenues from natural gas drilling on campus to match donations toward new endowments or to add to existing funds. An endowed professorship currently requires a donation of $100,000.
Dr. Scarlett, a Fort Worth native, is president and chief executive officer of Lekar Emergency Medical Associates in Killeen. He graduated from Dunbar High School in Fort Worth and was UT Arlington's first African-American graduate. Dr. Scarlett earned his medical degree in 1971 from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington., D.C.
"Not a day goes by that I don't appreciate the priceless foundation in life that I received at UT-Arlington," said Dr. Scarlett, who will be the alumni speaker during the College of Science graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. May 18. "Any service or time or money I give back to this institution is just a token of my gratitude."
Dr. Scarlett has been recognized with many honors, including UT Arlington's Outstanding African-American Alumni Award in 2004 and the University's Multicultural Services Trailblazer Award in 2005. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Science in 2005. Dr. Scarlett is a Lifetime Member of the UT Arlington Alumni Association and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the UT Arlington African-American Alumni Chapter.
Dr. Scarlett credits his mother, Mrs. Evelyn Guinn Scarlett, for being a lifetime inspiration. She graduated from I. M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth at age 15 and completed her bachelor's degree at Prairie View A&M University in four years. Mrs. Scarlett was 20 when she married and had Dr. Maxwell the next year. She went on to earn a master's degree from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas in Denton) and taught in Fort Worth public schools for many years.
Scarlett's wife, Vivian M. Scarlett, is a California native whose family moved to Texas during her childhood. She is a registered nurse who graduated with honors from Central Texas College (now part of Tarleton State University). She has been honored with the Collegiate All-American Scholars Award, the National Collegiate Nursing Award and the All-American Scholar At-Large Division Award from the United States Achievement Academy. Enhancements to her nursing career include continued maintenance of her pre-nursing status as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and subsequent training as an Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT-B).
Mrs. Scarlett recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary and was named Employee of the Month at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas. She is a lifetime Alumna of Central Texas College, an Honorary Lifetime Member of the UT Arlington African-American Alumni Chapter and a member of the Women's Board of The Dallas Opera.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.