Hall of Legacy Welcomes Six Inductees
Group represents the third group of honorees for prestigious honor.
Six individuals whose contributions and support have assisted in Texas Tech’s rapid elevation onto the national collegiate athletics scene have been inducted into the Texas Tech Athletics Hall of Legacy.
Kent Hance, Jack Hightower, Delbert G. McDougal, Ted and Vickie Parker and Jerry S. Rawls represent the third group of inductees into the Hall of Legacy. The group was honored at an induction dinner on Sept. 30 and recognized with an on-field presentation the following day during the Texas Tech-Kansas football game.
The Hall of Legacy honors individuals and corporations who have made extraordinary and special contributions to Texas Tech athletics through means other than athletic participation.
Hance has provided a political voice for Texas Tech since his first stint in politics as a member of the Texas state Senate in 1974. Hance’s contributions to Texas Tech Athletics have been many, including permanently endowing a position within the men’s basketball program.
Hightower, who was recently named chairman of the board, CEO and president of Celero Energy, has spent much of his post-Texas Tech days in the oil business. Hightower, who has been a strong supporter of Red Raider athletics, is currently a member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors and has had impact across the entire Texas Tech University campus.
A name synonymous with real estate on the South Plains, McDougal is chairman of the board of McDougal Properties and oversees a company that encompasses all facets of the housing industry. McDougal’s commitment to Texas Tech Athletics can be seen in all aspects, including Jones SBC Stadium and the United Spirit Arena.
The Parkers, who are active members of the Lubbock community, have embraced the vision of the athletics department and have become a driving force behind its success. Ted has been involved in the health care industry since founding ICON Benefit Administrators in 1983.
The Rawls Course and the Rawls College of Business Administration are just two of the many contributions to Texas Tech by Rawls, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech in 1967. Rawls is currently the president and CEO of Finisar Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.