The College of Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni


Outstanding Alumni Recipients

Employment titles indicate the position held at the time of recognition. The Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni Awards were instituted in 1981 to recognize alumni of Texas Tech University who have made outstanding contributions to the field of Media & Communication.

2008: Mark Condron
Senior Producer, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Ind.

2008: Greg Davis
General Manager, WRR Radio
Dallas

2008: Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.com
Union City, N.J.

2008: Linda Sease
Director of Marketing, Newspaper Division
The E.W. Scripps Company
Denver, Colo.

2008: Chris Wallace
President and CEO
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Irving, Texas

2007: Kim Cobb
Director of national media marketing
Southern Methodist University
Dallas

2007: Mark deTranaltes
Managing director, J. Walter Thompson
Houston

2007: Andy Fickman
Writer and director
Hollywood, Calif.

2007: Carl Mullins
Publisher, Morris Communications Corporation
Fort Worth

2007: J. Michael Winter
Senior vice president of advertising
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fort Worth

2006: Gerald R. Fricks
Executive director, MADD
Oklahoma

2006: Beverly McBeath
General sales manager, KCBD-TV
Lubbock

2006: George O’Dwyer
Executive producer and partner, 501 Post
Austin

2006: Ron Thomas
CEO, The Thomas Agency
Lubbock

2006: Scott Whitley
Advertising director, San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego

2006: Keith Williams
Public policy spokesman
Washington, D.C.

2005: Steve Beasley
Publisher, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock

2005: Michelle Bleiberg
Director of public relations, Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas

2005: Max Faulkner
Director of photography
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fort Worth

2005: Brian Jensen
Director of communications Cushman & Wakefield
Fort Worth

2005: Todd Neal
Display advertising manager,Houston Chronicle
Houston

2005: Tanji Patton
Anchorwoman, WOAI News 4
San Antonio

2005: Ashton Thornhill
Retired professor, Texas Tech University, College of Media & Communication
Lubbock

2005: Morris Wilkes
Vice president, Cox Communications
Lubbock

2004: Cindy Fluitt
Producer, Gundy, Berlin & Silverstein
San Francisco

2004: Beth Harris
Director of marketing, Academy Awards
Beverly Hills, Calif.

2004: Gregory Paul Heitzman
National sales manager, ABC Radio
Dallas

2004: Arthur E. Mayhew
Retired publisher,
Bucks County Courier Times
Levittown, Pa.

2004: Karin McCay
Anchorwoman, KCBD-TV
Lubbock

2004: Carol McKelvy
McWhorter Director of sales, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock

2004: Mack Owen
Founder, Owen Group Advertising
Lubbock

2004: Beth Pratt
Religion editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock

2004: John J. Rafferty Jr.
General sales manager, WJXT-TV
Jacksonville, Fla.

2004: Renee Underwood
Director of advertising, United Supermarkets
Lubbock

2003: Eddie Aldrete
Managing director, Public Strategies Inc.
San Antonio

2003: Abner Euresti
Anchorman, KCBD-TV
Lubbock

2003: Charles Gerardi
Vice president of advertising,
The Palm Beach Post West Palm Beach,Fla.

2003: Will Jarrett
Former owner, Westward Communications
Dallas

2003: Jay Rosser
P.R. consultant
Wichita, Kan.

2002: Jim Gaither
Broadcast director, The Richards Group
Dallas

2002: Jeff Klotzman
Anchorman, KJTV-TV
Lubbock

2002: Linda Burke
Rutherford Director of public relations, Southwest Airlines
Dallas

2002: Keith Samples
VKS Entertainment
Calabasas, Calif.

2002: Ann Ward
Vice president for communications Texas Hospital Association
Austin

2001: Brice Beaird
President, The Beaird Agency
Dallas

2001: Ray Chavez
Professor, University of South Dakota Vermillion, S.D.

2001: Katie Keifer
Anchorwoman, KMOL-TV
San Antonio

2001: Scott Pelley
Correspondent, 60 Minutes II
Washington, D.C.

2001: Mike Read
Web operations editor, Houston Chronicle
Houston

2000: Larry Beaulieu
Vice president, KFDM-TV
Beaumont

2000: Miller Bonner
Co-chairman, Global Technology Practice Edelman/GTT
New York

2000: James L. Stuart
Owner, Stuart Bacon Advertising
Fort Worth

2000: Rick Perez
Vice president, TNT Latin America
Atlanta

2000: Charlene Rogers
Vice president, Stark and Company
Dallas

1999: Robert S. Condron
Director, media and public affairs U.S. Olympic Organization
Colorado Springs, Colo.

1999: Malcolm Bordelon
Executive VP/business operations San Jose Sharks
San Jose, Calif.

1999: Don Richards
Partner, McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson, L.L.P.
Lubbock

1999: John M. Drollinger
Vice president, Publicis Advertising Agency Powder
Springs, Ga.

1998: Marian Herbst Kelley
Director, public relations, Tracor, Inc.
Austin

1998: James Ferguson
Chief creative officer, DDB Needham
Dallas

1998: Jeanna Clark
Wolf Senior vice president, DDB Needham
Dallas

1998: Robert A. Rooker
Associate professor, Texas Tech University, School of Mass Communications
Lubbock

1997: Hector Galan
Owner, Galan Productions of Austin
Teaneck, N.J.

1997: William Dean
Executive vice president and CEO, Texas Tech Ex-Students Association
Lubbock

1997: Mary Lou Kromer
Vice president, W.R. Grace and Co.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

1997: Lt. Col.
Virginia N. Pribyla Chief media relations, USAF,
Public Affairs Hickam AFB,
Hawaii

1996: Ron Askew
Director, account services, DDB Needham
Dallas

1996: Freda McVay
Instructor, Texas Tech University School of Mass Communications
Lubbock

1996: Ginger C. Hardage
Director, public relations Southwest Airlines
Dallas

1996: Frank Bass
Pulitzer-Prize winner, Houston Post
Houston

1995: Dennis Copeland
Two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner
Hollywood, Fla.

1995: Mary Alice Robbins
Austin bureau chief, Morris Communications
Austin

1995: Rich Flora
Owner and CEO, Flora Creative
Plano

1995: Don McBeath
Lubbock County judge
Lubbock

1994: Tina Tippit
Writer, photographer and performer
New York

1994: David Fowler
CEO, Tracy-Locke division of DDB Needham
Dallas

1994: Jim Hayhurst
Manager, Blue Bell Creameries
Brenham

1994: Victor Cooper
CBS News cameraman and editor Moscow Bureau, USSR
New York

1993: Chino Chapa
Vice president, Fleishman-Hillard
Dallas

1993: O.G.
“Speedy” Nieman Publisher, Hereford Brand Hereford Publisher, Snyder Daily News
Snyder

1993: Charles Reinken
Editorial section editor, Fayetteville Observer Fayetteville,
N.C.

1992: Max Jennings
Editor of newspapers in Ohio and Arizona Pahrump,
Nev.

1992: Jeanne Knapp
President, Knapp Communications
Lubbock

1992: Patsy Lokey
Former vice president United Coupon Clearing House
Lubbock

1992: Thomas Sandoz Jr.
Owner and president, Family Publishing
Dallas

1991: Ernest Joiner
Newspaper publisher, editor and columnist Carrizozo,
N.M.

1991: Janet Miles
Sales representative, NAB Falls Church,
Va.

1991: Dorothy Bowles
Author/professor
Knoxville, Tenn.

1991: James Watts
Owner, Watts Advertising Agency
Springfield, Mo.

1990: Dale Johnson
District manager, external affairs, SWBT
Mason

1990: Ira Perry
Executive director, Society of Professional Journalists
Houston

1990: Phil Price
Owner, Phil Price Advertising
Lubbock

1989: Marie Harris
Regional editor, Plainview Daily Herald
Plainview

1989: Jim Lindsey
Senior assistant to Texas Land Commissioner
Cedar Park

1989: Russel Pate
Freelance magazine writer
Dallas

1988: Barbara Culver
Texas Supreme Court justice
Lubbock

1988: Bronson Havard
Owner, Urban News, Inc.
Dallas

1988: Jane Rushing-Gilmore
Author of seven novels
Lubbock

1987: Jerry Hall
Principal, Jerry Hall & Associates
Austin

1987: Jack Bowen Television
producer, KWTV-TV
Oklahoma City

1986: Carolyn Barta
Viewpoints Page Editor and Associate Editor of Editorial Page Dallas Morning News
Dallas

1986: Dale Buckner
Founder and operator Buckner Advertising
Lubbock

1985: Debbie Bolner
Prost Principal in Promark Advertising/PR
San Antonio

1985: Robert Taylor
Deputy editor American Illustrated, and editor U.S. Information Agency
Surrey, Maine

1984: Bill Crume
Owner, Crume PR/Advertising
Dallas

1984: Robert Montemayor
Pulitzer-Prize winner for Journalism, 1984
Bloomfield, N.J.

1983: Kirk Carr
Advertising services director, Wall Street Journal
Stamford, Conn.

1983: Jay Harris
Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Lubbock

1982: Everett Groseclose
Assistant general manager, The AP
New York

1982: Dan Perkes
Director of product development, Dow Jones East Orleans,
Mass.

1981: Marshall Formby
Editor, publisher of Plainview Daily Herald
Plainview

1981: Leon Hale
Columnist, Houston Post
Houston