Two Mavericks are members of the inaugural class of inductees into the U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame.
Retired Major General Will Latham and Judge Donald J. Stevenson were among the 326 inductees honored in a June ceremony held by the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The ceremony also celebrated the ROTC's centennial.
"I am humbled to contemplate representing the many exceptional officers and leaders from UTA who have served this country," Stevenson says. "The college ROTC experience taught me the value of researching and analyzing information, drafting comprehensive plans, and communicating those plans to my superiors, my colleagues, and my subordinates."
Following his military service, which included four years of active duty and two in the reserves, Stevenson began a legal career that included being a partner in a private practice law firm, the corporate secretary and assistant general counsel of a publicly traded corporation in Dallas, and municipal judge for the city of Coppell and Dalworthington Gardens. He is now in his 20th year as the chief municipal judge for the City of Plano and 44th year as a municipal judge.
Latham spent 35 years in U.S. Army service and says his UTA ROTC experience was highly influential in his military career.
"I grew up as a farm boy in East Texas. My tutelage under Colonel Edgar Keltner taught me what it means to be a leader during a transformational time in my life," Latham says. "He gave me the confidence to stand before a board of Army officers and be chosen as one the first-ever UTA ROTC to be commissioned as an Army 2nd Lieutenant."