Cooke County —
By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
A bronze bull dog named Sadie Mae is one of several works of art created by North Central Texas College President Dr. Eddie Hadlock. The busy college president makes time in his schedule to enjoy art.
As one whose life work has been devoted to helping educate others, Hadlock still looks forward to enriching his own world by learning new things himself. Art has always been an avid interest for the long time educator who said he sometimes loses himself in his art.
“Sadie Mae is a bulldog I sculpted for someone else through the lost wax method,” he said. “I also made a dog house that has the appearance of wood and a textured metal roof. I call my art “Just Piddlin’,” he said. “I sometimes find myself working on something for hours without realizing how much time has passed.”
Hadlock said his interest in the arts has led him to try various mediums through the years.
“Back in the 1980’s I did some stained glass and really enjoyed it,” Dr. Hadlock said. “I have also used glass fusion in making jewelry at our visual arts building.”
A metal forge at the NCTC campus has been the catalyst for Hadlock to cultivate an interest in bronze sculpting.
“Many people are surprised that we have the forge but the word is spreading and classes are filling up fast,” he continued. “We are experiencing a big growth and lots of recognition. We have one of the only forges in the area.”
Hadlock credits much of the expanding classes to Jimmy Staples, head of the visual arts department at NCTC as Department Chair/Faculty Visual Arts.
Staples commented that Hadlock is doing quite well in his classes and looks forward to having him in an additional class or two next semester.
“Some of the students in his last class didn’t even realize he was the college president,” Staples said. “He blends in with the class and is just there to learn something new. I think it is great.”
Originally from Arizona, Hadlock received a bachelor of science from Hardin-Simmons University in 1967. He received both a masters and a Ph.D. in education at East Texas State University in Commerce. Prior to completing his graduate studies, which included a minor in community college education, Hadlock served a tour with the United States Navy.
With a career spanning over 34 years of community college experience and two years teaching in the public school, Hadlock has served in every area of college operations.
Like others with a teacher’s heart though, he still manages to have that face-to-face contact with students by teaching classes as his administration schedule permits.
He has served in several capacities such as the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Community Colleges.
According to the NCTC website, “Dr. Hadlock also has memberships in professional organizations including: Texas Association of Community College Chief Student Affairs Administrators, past president; Texas Community College Teachers Association; Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; and the Texas Community College Instructional Administrators. In addition, he has served as a Reaffirmation Committee member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As a committee member he has participated in reaffirmation visits to 14 different community colleges across the country.”
His civic and service activities include the following: Cooke County Campfire Board of Directors, past president; Edison School PTA, past president; Gainesville Kiwanis, past president; Gainesville ISD Educational Excellence Committee, bond election treasurer; and Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, chairman 1997.
His wife Donna just retired from the Gainesville Independent School District after teaching for 40 years. Two children Heather and David and grandchildren Ashton and Zander keep them busy.
The future may eventually allow him to spend more time developing his interests and skills in other avenues of the art world. For now he is content to be “Just Piddlin’.”