2021 MSU Texas Distinguished Alumni

Presenting West College, Dillard College and Prothro-Yeager Alumni honorees

Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education

Stephanie Zamora Robles is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Learning at MSU Texas.

Stephanie grew up Wichita Falls and began her higher education at Vernon College in 2007. She came to MSU Texas in 2009, taking four hours at Vernon and 12 at MSU. She had regrets of earlier missed opportunities but was determined to make the most of this chance. And she did, earning her bachelor’s degree from the West College of Education in 2010, and in July of that year, she was offered a position with WFISD.

She completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2012. Before returning to MSU this year, she spent time school administration, always stressing that “for learning to be relevant, we have to know our students.”


Dillard College of Business Administration

Walter J. Coppage graduated from MSU Texas in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, major in accounting.

Walter is a 1969 graduate of Rider High School. After graduating from MSU, he worked as a staff accountant at local CPA firms until 1977, then joined Galaxy Oil Company as a staff accountant, joint interest auditor, and assistant controller. In 1981, he became a CPA and opened his office as a sole practitioner. That office is still open today.

He married Mary Helen Coppage in 1977. They have two adult children, Stacy Seigler and Scotty Coppage, who both graduated from MSU.

Walter has given freely to MSU Texas over the years and has volunteered with Interfaith Outreach Services in Wichita Falls as a member of the board of directors and as treasurer.


Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Chase Eddington is a writer and educational professional focused on the operational vitality of nonprofit, independent schools. Born and raised near Kilgore in East Texas, he earned his bachelor’s degree in art and history from MSU Texas in 2012 and completed his master’s in English in 2014.

Chase serves as the Director of Development, Communications and Alumni Relations at the Selwyn School in Argyle, Texas. Over the past six years, Chase has helped fundraising teams raise more than $2 million to support education in North Texas. He worked as a graduate teacher at MSU from 2012-14.

Chase has taught rhetoric and composition and coached middle school basketball. His works have appeared in two books of poetry – A Willow Grows Aslant a Brook and A Birdwatcher’s Guide to the American South.

2021 Distinguished Alumni

This is one story in a three-part series on the 2021 MSU Texas Distinguished Alumni honorees.

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Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education honoree Stephanie Zamora Robles, Dillard College of Business Administration honoree Walter J. Coppage, and Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities & Social Sciences honoree Chase Eddington. (Design by Ashley Lindsey/MSU Texas)