William Leonidas Mayo: More Maverick Than Modern

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Higher Edu and Learning Technology

Date of Award

Fall 2012


The purpose of this study was to examine the philosophy of William Leonidas Mayo, the founder of East Texas Normal College, which ultimately became Texas A&M University-Commerce. Specifically, this study focused on the background and subsequent events of Mayo's life that formed his unique philosophy of education and led him to establish, to maintain, and to secure the future of his college. The study also presents Professor Mayo's own view of his philosophy of education. The historical study used existing archives, publications, and other documents for research. The study followed a chronological order and demonstrated the influences on Mayo's philosophy of education from childhood through adulthood and focused on his professional contributions to higher education in Northeast Texas.


Joyce Scott

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Technology