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Dr. Madelyn D. Hunt

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Associate Provost for Student Ret...

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Local Address:  Texas , United States
Lamar University
855 E. Lavaca
Beaumont , Texas 77705
United States

Company Description: Lamar offers courses of study leading to 76 undergraduate degrees, 35 master's degrees and doctoral degrees in audiology, deaf studies/deaf education, educational...   more

Employment History


  • Lincoln High School
  • medical technology
    Lamar University
  • degree , medical technology
  • doctorate of public health
    University of Texas School of Public Health
  • master
    University of Texas School of Public Health
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getting-out-of-debt, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
According to Dr. Madelyn D. Hunt, the Director of General Studies and Associate Provost of Retention at Lamar University," Your budget must include all necessities that you use every month such as electricity, water, cable and phone. She also stated that you must include in your budget gas (but beware that gas prices have steadily increased each month), food and essentials such as toothpaste, hair products, etc. Dr. Hunt, like many working professionals, had her issues with debt in college. She wanted to buy her mother something expensive for Christmas, but after purchasing it, realized that she couldn't afford it. In order to pay off the bill, she was forced to eating canned beans and soup for several months.
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Madelyn Hunt
Hunt overcame obstacles - and now helps Lamar students do the same
Growing up in the turmoil of the nation's civil rights movement, Hunt faced adversity and discrimination.But her determination to succeed brought her through, and now she helps Lamar University students overcome their own challenges.
A lifelong Port Arthur resident, Hunt attended Lincoln High School in the early 1960s, just a few years after Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the "separate-but-equal" standard of the time.Lincoln was still the school in Port Arthur for African-American students.It lacked modern equipment, and the students used well-worn books.
Hunt remembers how excited she and the other students became when they received new books, a luxury at the time.Hunt notes that while the school was poorly supplied, the teachers and parents were so determined that the children succeed that she and her classmates still received a great education.
"Teachers at Lincoln High School always told us that we had to be better than the average person to be successful," said Hunt, who was recently named associate provost for student retention at Lamar University.
It was when she was not at school that things were most difficult.Hunt grew up in a time of segregation.As a child, Hunt would have to walk several blocks from local department stores to the bus depot to find a restroom that she was allowed to use.While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had outlawed discrimination in America, it would take time for things to change.
After graduating from high school in 1965, Hunt headed to Lamar University, where she studied medical technology.
While Hunt believes things have improved tremendously at Lamar and it is now a campus that welcomes everyone, things were not easy for her as a young black student in the 1960s.In classes, Hunt often would have no partner with whom to work on class projects.
Hunt remembers the dance teacher having to dance with her, because none of the other students in her dance class wanted a black partner.She says she knows what it is like to be in a place where you are the only different one, with no allies or friends.But, she says, those things are what helped her become a strong, independent woman.
"The thing that hurt the most was being treated like I was not there.People would look right through me like I was invisible," Hunt says.
After completing her course work in medical technology at Lamar, Hunt secured an internship at Methodist Hospital in Houston.She packed her belongings in her father's car, and the two drove to Houston to move her into the dorms.But when she arrived, those in charge saw that Hunt was black and told her there would be no room for her.Hunt says that she knew there were rooms available, but given the tenor of the times, she could not say anything about it.
Hunt's father had relatives who lived in Houston, so Hunt went to stay with them, on the other side of town, and began the daily commute.
"I would have to get up very early to catch the bus to downtown.I would be at Methodist in the lobby 30 or 45 minutes before any other students would arrive," Hunt said.
Six months into her internship, another student, who had become Hunt's friend, spoke with the administration and was able to share a dorm room with her.
Hunt finished her internship and graduated from Lamar with a degree in medical technology in 1969, and went on to get her master's and doctorate of public health at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston.
In 1973, she joined the faculty of Lamar as an instructor in the biology department.A hard worker, Hunt quickly rose through the ranks and, in 1998, moved across campus as the executive director of general studies, and most recently was named associate provost for student retention in 2006.
Her passion is helping students find their way, and she uses lessons she has learned in life to help others who face problems and obstacles.
"I enjoy helping students.I believe we are blessed to help others," Hunt said.
Hunt was determined to become more than she was, living by the idea that "It is what you do that will last, not who you are."She shares that with the students she advises.
"Dr. Hunt is a dynamic leader, a great mentor and a person of the highest integrity," says Julie Alford, retention coordinator of the Center for General Studies.
Hunt has worked hard her entire life to get where she is today.She says you have to take obstacles in your life and turn them into building blocks for your future.That is just what she is doing now with the students in the Center for General Studies and will be doing campus wide when the new Center for Academic Success opens for the fall 2007 semester.The center will house General Studies and will offer programs for students who are struggling with any major.Students who are on academic probation will be advised there and attend workshops and seminars that will help them do better in their classes.
After attending conferences where similar programs were discussed, Hunt brought what she had learned back to Lamar, where she tailored programs to fit students here.
Hunt and her husband, Travis, have been married 35 years.
Leadership Southeast Texas Alumni Roster, 15 Sept 2007 [cached]
Madelyn Hunt Lamar University
AASCU >Millennium Leadership Initiative, 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
Madelyn D. Hunt, Associate Provost for Student Retention, Lamar University, TX (Class of '02)
Leadership Southeast Texas 2005 Class Roster, 1 Jan 2007 [cached]
Madelyn Hunt
Lamar University
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