UTPA Report: Dr. Francis J. Brewerton
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A former professor and dean from the University of Texas-Pan American is being recognized for his tremendous impact on students.
In this week’s Newscenter 23 report, Roxanne Lerma tells us how the former educator made a historic change to the university’s business program.
Dr. Francis J. Brewerton had a reputation of being a tough business professor. Many feared him and avoided taking his classes. But the difficult courses didn’t scare off UTPA alumnus and 10-year veteran attorney Michael Cano.
Michael Cano, Brewerton’s Former Student “I would kid around and tell my friends that Dr. Brewerton’s classes were harder than my classes at The University of Houston School of Law and I meant it wholeheartedly. I’m grateful now in hindsight. I was then but I’m even more grateful now in hindsight, having been with Dr. Brewerton, having been a product of Dr. Brewerton because I don’t think I would have made it as far as I did without him.”
In the 90’s, Cano was placed on academic probation, which included a year suspension. Eventually he returned to UTPA but struggled for several semesters until he met Dr. Brewerton who convinced him to take his business class.
Michael Cano,“I felt rewarded at the end of the semester, one that I learned the subject material well and I felt like I discovered something about myself which was that I could actually excel in education if I really applied myself.”
In the 80’s Brewerton succeeded in getting the college accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of all schools worldwide have this honor. He’s also credited for starting a doctoral program in international business. Marketing professor Dr. Michael Minor remembers the process well.
Dr. Michael Minor, Professor of Marketing “He was true to his word in that we did start a Ph.D program and it’s been a tremendous success.”
Brewerton’s dedication to his college and students is the reason Minor asked the Edinburg Rotary to establish a 40-thousand dollar scholarship in honor of the former dean and longtime rotary member.
Dr. Minor, “He has a long legacy of service to the Pan Am community. He definitely loves the College of Business here and I thought it was a nice way to honor him and eventually his memory many years out.”
Cano agrees it is a fitting tribute, “I can think of no greater way than to help keep your legacy alive through this endowment, this scholarship.”
It’s a perfect way to continue Brewerton’s tradition of helping students. I’m Roxanne Lerma reporting for UTPA and Newscenter 23.