Dr. Gordon Beasley
Dr. Gordon Beasley was born in Fulton, Arkansas to Tom and Pattie Beasley on June 1, 1933. He graduated with honors from Hope High School in 1951 where he had been involved in numerous student activities. Gordon served as vice president of his class and lettered in football, baseball and basketball. Gordon met his future wife, Betty Guthrie, while they lived in Hope. Gordon entered Henderson State Teachers College on a football scholarship in the fall of 1951.
Gordon was very active at Henderson, having been voted Mr. HSTC in 1952, 1953, 1954, and 1955. He was a 4 year letterman in football, baseball, and advanced ROTC. He was captain of the Reddie baseball team his senior year. He is a Phi Lambda Chi. Gordon graduated from Henderson in 1955 with a BSE in Physical Education. He and Betty married after she graduated from Henderson. Gordon’s fondest memories of Henderson are the friendliness of the students, the quality of the faculty, fun weekends on campus, walking to the movie and restaurant every Sunday night and the after hour raids on Caddo Center.
Gordon served two years in the infantry as captain and was a member of the reserves for eight years. He went on to earn his Master’s from Texas A & M and a doctorate from the University of Arkansas. While acquiring his degrees, he spent six years in the classrooms of public schools teaching science and coaching. His entry into higher education began at Henderson in 1963 as assistant dean of men, and later as vice president of students. Gordon continued his career in higher education as vice president for student affairs at Stephen F. Austin where he also held the rank of professor. After eight years at Stephen F. Austin, Gordon accepted the position of vice president of student affairs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In addition to his administrative duties, he taught History of Higher Education as a full professor in the College of Education. In 1982 Gordon became the vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Mississippi, where he also taught History of Higher Education as a full professor. He remained at the University of Mississippi until his retirement.
Throughout his long career in education, Dr. Beasley has written and published extensively in state and regional publications. He was active in national student activities as president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Region 3. He also served as president in several state student activity related organizations. Gordon has served as a deacon and bible school teacher in his church for many years.
Currently Gordon and Betty live in Conway. They have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Two of their grandsons are students at Henderson. Gordon and Betty enjoy attending events their grandchildren are involved in. Gordon enjoys golf, the piano, and watching sports.
Gordon and Betty say “When we come to Henderson we feel like we have been with kinfolks.”