It was with great sadness that we learned of the Oct. 1 passing of Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. The community will long remember her as an energetic champion of education who, in the words of TCC Board President Louise Appleman, “realized unprecedented enrollment increases and student success” during her tenure as the fourth Chancellor of Tarrant County College.
Here at United Way, Erma will be remembered as a tireless volunteer who put her concern for the community into action as a United Way leader. Her service on the United Way Board of Directors alone spanned about a dozen years in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Besides her commitment to helping govern United Way, Erma served on the Campaign Cabinet at least four years. Three of those years she was one of the four Cabinet Group Chairs, making her a leader among leaders on that important fundraising oversight committee.
In 1991 Erma was Chair of the United Way Marketing Committee, which that year oversaw market research that helped United Way better know and communicate with such groups as educators, Hispanics and federal employees. Two years later she was Chair of the Marketing/Communications Division, an officer position on the Board.
Whether her volunteer role at United Way was governance or fundraising or communications, Erma Johnson Hadley contributed keen insight, unflinching honesty and passion. Such gifts are all too rare, which is why Erma’s passing is such a great loss for the entire community.