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CASNR Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards take spotlight at alumni center

CASNR Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards take spotlight at alumni center

Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources honored seven distinguished alumni on Monday (Feb. 18) at the university’s McKenzie Merket Alumni Center. The Distinguished & Young Alumni Awards honored alumni who’ve made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought distinction to the college and to the professions associated with agriculture and natural resources.

In addition, university officials recognized the CASNR Young Alumna Award, said Jane Piercy, CASNR’s Director of Development and External Relations. The recipient of the 2013 Young Alumna Award is Kristina Butts of Washington, DC, executive director of legislative affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. She received her degrees in agricultural communications and animal science from Texas Tech (2001, 2004).

The recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are:

  • Mike Gibson of Paducah, former general manager of The Four Sixes Ranch; Agricultural Economics (1983)
  • Stan Ray of Georgetown, chief administrative officer of the Farm Credit Bank of Texas; Agricultural Education (1988)
  • Monica Hightower of Lubbock, president of the Cornerstone Education Group; Animal Science (1983)
  • David Fisher of Saint Louis, Mo, retired executive director of the Great Rivers Greenway District; Park Administration (1966)
  • Carlton Britton of Lubbock, natural resources management professor emeritus at Texas Tech; Range Management (1968, 1970)
  • James Graham of Creve Coeur, Mo., retired research consultant at the Monsanto Company; Agricultural Sciences (1963)

Piercy noted that the measure of a college’s distinction and influence depends greatly upon the achievements of its alumni and the positions they attain in their respective communities and fields of endeavor. These awards were established to recognize some of the college’s most outstanding alumni.

The awards do more than honor former students, she added. They spotlight the accomplishments of the college, Texas Tech and, ultimately it enhances the pride of alumni, students, faculty and staff. It’s tangible evidence of the effectiveness of agricultural and natural resource programs at Texas Tech.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Tracee Murph, Coordinator of Alumni Relations, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2802 or

0218NM13 / Editor’s Note: Pictured (clockwise from top, left) Mike Gibson, Stan Ray, David Fisher, James Graham, Kristina Butts, Carlton Britton, and Monica Hightower


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