SPC Faculty Life of Iconic Late Texas Statesman Frank Madla in the News
An iconic late St. Philip's College faculty member who became a noted Texas statesman is mentioned in a multi-part news feature on his life and times.
The role of SPC students and faculty in the professional development and service of the late Senator Frank Madla, Jr. (1937-2006), is chronicled in the Oct. 24 edition of Texas A&M University San Antonio's online publication The Mesquite.
In an excerpt from the publication's story Small town boy to Texas Senator: (a younger brother recalls the legacy of Frank Madla Jr, The transition from teaching to politics), "Frank earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University. This is where he was inspired by Dr. Bill Crane, one of his professors. He began educating in 1959 in the Edgewood School District. He worked at Escobar Elementary where he taught Civics/politics and history until 1962. Later he became a professor at St. Philip’s college.
With inspiration from his students at St. Philips College and guidance from his mentor, Dr. Bill Crane, Frank focused on a career in Texas politics. A career that would span 33 years… Frank remained focused on progress for the South Side during his 20 years in the House of Representatives and 13 years in the Senate.
In his quest to secure the location of San Antonio’s newest university, Frank took the lead in expressing the need for the underrepresented people he spoke for to have a university as a permanent fixture in their community… Rodney Madla, nephew of the late Senator, recalled the time that Frank demonstrated the gap between the South Side and higher learning."
Read the latest installment on a statesman who attracted iconic businesses that are now premier partners of St. Philip’s College online at http://www.mesquite-news.com/small-town-boy-to-texas-senator-the-frank-madla-jr-journey/. (SPC Archives Image)