Famous Faces

Gordon England ’75England is the acting Deputy Secretary of Defense by the U.S. Senate. England fills the No. 2 position in the Pentagon after serving two terms as Secretary of the Navy. He is only the second person to hold this position for two separate terms. He has also served as first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

What did TCU do for you?

“The TCU professors maintained an atmosphere and learning environment that encouraged every student to excel. Not only do you learn the practical skills that apply to the workplace, you also develop close relationships and the intangibles that lead to success in business and life. The staff at TCU was helpful in guiding me and the other students and helping us achieve success.”

What is a memory you have of TCU?

“I mostly remember the professors who helped me. TCU is one of the great institutions in a terrific town. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my experience at TCU. I tell people in Washington that I work here but I live in Fort Worth. I’m proud to be a part of TCU and look forward to the time when I can move back home.”

What advice would you tell graduating seniors?

“Throughout life we are always learning. Working to constantly improve the process, oneself, our community or our nation is part of our heritage. It’s also an important element of success. Getting an undergraduate or advanced degree is one of the steps that people can take to push themselves to improve. TCU is an outstanding institution with a terrific staff and faculty who care about each person. I encourage each student to make the most of this opportunity.”

Eddie Bernice Johnson ’67

Became the first woman and first African-American to represent the Dallas area in Congress after the election to the U.S. House of Representative in 1992. A leader on issues, including science, technology, transportation, election reform and civil rights issues, she has held executive positions in the Congressional Black Caucus.

What did TCU do for you?

“TCU provided a very enriching environment. It gave me great preparation and credentials.”

What is a memory you have of TCU?

“The thing I remember most is going to the music lab and listening to and learning about different composers. I enjoyed the arts”

What advice would you give graduating seniors?

“Get a very good educational background and have analytical thinking. You should also have something in mind that you want to achieve.