Dr. Cathy Seymour earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies and journalism education at Northwestern State in 1974, a master’s degree in secondary reading in 1976 and a doctoral degree in elementary education and administration in 1981. She began her career in classrooms in Natchitoches Parish before moving to Centenary College to direct the English Language Center and later serve as an assistant principal in Caddo Parish. She joined the faculty at Northwestern State’s College of Education in 1999 and director of clinical experience and associate dean until her retirement in 2007. She is currently an education consultant for Pearson Publishing and JBHM Education Group.

The honoree is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Delta Pi and numerous other professional organizations related to education, accreditation and professional development. Seymour said many of her most memorable teaching experiences occurred while working with students in alternative school environments and watching pre-service teachers evolve from students to competent educators. She has been married for 42 years to Dr. Dan Seymour. They have two children and are expecting their first grandchild.