Dr. Allen Ketcham was one of five faculty and administrators to receive Emeritus Status.
Ketcham, a distinguished professor, came to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (AMK) in 1982, where he worked for twenty-nine years.
“Every time I study anything, I want to learn anything about it,” said Ketcham “To me, the most fun thing to do is study. I just wander around and whatever I run into, I study.”
TAMUK allowed Ketcham the “freedom to think what [he] wanted to.” Ketcham taught in areas of ethics, history of philosophy, religion, logic, communications, statistics, consumer motivation, operations and production management, and psychology.
Ketcham took enjoyment out of working with typical college students.
“It’s just plain fun to stay with the same age group, twenty-one, twenty-four. That age group keeps you young. I had more fun with students as a professor. We laughed a lot, we learned a lot. It’s exciting to be with young people.”
Ketcham was in school for 20 years, during which he worked and studied full-time. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, his master’s degrees from Corpus Christi State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Arizona, and his doctorate from the University of Arizona.
“I got my last master’s after I got my doctorate. I just think it’s fun to learn.”
As a Stanford University Hoover Fellow, Ketcham worked alongside a number of prestigious individuals.
“They invited me to join Stanford to be a Fellow there,” said Ketcham. “I worked with Nobel Prize winners. It’s very rare, [only a handful of people do that]. It was fun.”
Ketcham was director of the Office of Economic Development and the Manning Center for Professional Ethics.
“I hired students and went all over South Texas and trained people in business,” said Ketcham of his work with the Office of Economic Development.
Of the Center for Professional Ethics, Ketcham said, “It’s still growing. We’re trying to take ethical training out to South Texas to help nurses and people that need their trained ethics for their certificates to keep their license.”
Ketcham was recently hired by the University of Helsinki in Finland to evaluate their doctoral program.
“I keep working. For me, I’m not retired, I just don’t teach anymore. I’m more into research.”