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UT Tyler to Celebrate Service of Keith McCoy

April 14, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

McCoyThe University of Texas at Tyler Department of Health and Kinesiology will honor Dr. Keith W. McCoy’s service to the city of Tyler Thursday, April 21, Dr. Scott Marzilli, department chair, announced.

A public retirement reception for McCoy will be 2 – 4 p.m. in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center White Lobby. McCoy, a professor of health and kinesiology at UT Tyler, is the last teaching charter member of Tyler State College, the institution which became UT Tyler in 1979.

He joined the TSC faculty in the summer of 1973 to develop undergraduate and graduate programs in health and physical education/kinesiology.

His teaching career spans 53 years, including three years at a high school in California and college teaching and coaching positions in Colorado, Texas and Wyoming. He also completed a two-year active duty military obligation in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

McCoy also is the founder and director of the UT Tyler Center for Ethics since 2008 and served as Department of Health and Kinesiology chair for 23 years.

An active community member, his affiliations include Heart of Tyler, Smith County and Texas American Heart Associations, Tyler and Longview YMCA, Tyler Discovery Place, Tyler Parks and Recreation and Northeast Texas Public Health District, among others.

McCoy holds an associate degree from Northwest Community College, bachelor and master of arts degrees from Western State College as well as an Ed.D. from the University of Wyoming.

For more information, contact Dr. Joyce Ballard, professor of health and kinesiology, 903.566.7058 or JBallard@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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