Pullis to deliver commencement address to Louisiana Tech’s spring graduates
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Dr. Joe M. Pullis, professor of business communication at Louisiana Tech University, will serve as commencement speaker for Louisiana Tech’s spring graduation ceremony, Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Graduation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will officially end the spring quarter. Summer quarter classes will begin May 30.
Pullis has served as a professor in Louisiana Tech’s College of Business since 1967. He has authored 13 textbooks with McGraw-Hill Publishing and has had over 80 articles published in refereed journals. Pullis is a sought after speaker having presented at over 100 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. He is also the inventor and author of “Speedwriting,” the world’s most widely used shorthand system.
For his work at Louisiana Tech, he has been recognized with the university’s Faculty Senate Chair Award, the Alumni Professorship Award, Distinguished Professorship Award, and the Scholar of the Year Award. He also holds the Chase Bank Endowed Professorship in Business.
Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech, Pullis was the 1957 National Drumming Champion of the United States and was a featured soloist with the Lawrence Welk Television Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Pops Orchestra.
A native of Texas, Pullis earned his bachelor (1960), master (1961) and doctoral (1966) degrees in business education from the University of North Texas. He and his wife Cheryl have two sons, who have both graduated from Louisiana Tech.