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Dr. Ralph Ferguson

Managing Director and Fulbright Global Specialist

FergusonDr.Ralph Ferguson is the Managing Director of the Texas Tech University Ethics Center and Fulbright Global Specialist. As a businessman and former executive associate dean with extensive knowledge about the global community, he brings vital insights and a heighten sensitivity to benefit the TTU ethics initiative in research, ecology, and human rights. Dr. Ferguson speaks to groups about ethical analytics related to the impact of the rising cost of education, management, business development, values, personal financial planning, debt, emerging markets, inclusiveness, and disenfranchisement.

A management generalist and futurist with more than twenty years of experience in the public and private sector, he consults with businesses and public officials about global human capital issues. Dancing Fibers LLC, under his leadership, partnered in Bolivia with Los Alamos de la Andes to create opportunities for Aymara and Quechua Indian women. Dr. Ferguson was a principal owner in DancingFibers.com, a limited liability corporation, which distributed imported knitting yarns from China, Bolivia, Peru, and Japan to more than three hundred retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Dr. Ferguson at TTU served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Management teaching Negotiations, Organizational Behavior and Management. As a consulting member of REF Management LLC, Dr. Ferguson addresses complex problems related to business, science, engineering, ecology, and organizational structure with professional peers. He is a leading analyst on the economics and ecological benefits of tire derived fuel. A leader in education and business, his words and deeds focus on human rights, economics, ecology, education disparity, employment, and agriculture.

Dr. Ferguson brings a wealth of knowledge to his work and research from careers as a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, Court Administrator, Magistrate, and Municipal Court Judge. Dr. Ferguson holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a doctorate from Texas Tech University in Personal Financial Planning (CEED).

Lisa James

Unit Manager

JamesLisa James serves as Unit Manager for the Texas Tech University Ethics Center. Lisa holds a BA in University Studies with concentrations in English, Psychology, and Studio Arts, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education. Lisa moved from Southern California to work for TTU's Division of Outreach and Distance Education in 2003, and transferred to the Office of Planning and Assessment/Quality Enhancement Plan in 2008. She was a 2005 recipient of the President's Quality Service Award for her work with the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair hosted by TTU.

In her role as Unit Manager, Lisa coordinates Center events and oversees the Southwest Regional Consortium for Academic Integrity (SWRCAI), a regional consortium affiliated with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), Clemson University's Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics.

Lisa also offers in-class presentations on Academic Integrity to undergraduate students and presents with her TTU Ethics Center colleagues at regional, national, and international conferences. 

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Lora L. Lopez began serving as Administrator for the TTU Ethics Center in 2014.  She holds a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Higher Education, Management, and Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University.  Prior to joining the Ethics Center, Lora served as the Senior Advisor for the Texas Tech University Graduate School for 14 years.  Lora created benchmark programs such as the Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, Travel Grant Program, Family Night Out, and the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony that honors future professors and poster competition winners.  As a member of the Banner Implementation Core Team, Lora participated in the pivotal functions of pre and post tests essential to the system safe conversion.  On the core team, Lora used her operation knowledge to confirm Banner and DegreeWorks software sufficiently met the rigorous record management standard to manage an avalanche of student data.  Due to her advisement, many features in the technical application of Banner, DegreeWorks, and SharePoint were modified to enhance user efficiencies for the Enrollment Management Team in her charge.  The Texas State Library and Archives Commission solicited Lora to serve on their University Records Retention Schedule Subcommittee to benefit from her administrative and technical expertise.

As a professional, Lora has demonstrated high interest in compassionate service.  She has served in organizations on campus and in the community such as Mentor Tech, Multicultural Faculty and Staff Association, Hispanic Association of Women, Fiestas Del Llano, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest, and the South Plains Food Bank.

Lora offers in-class presentations on Academic Integrity to graduate students and athletes.  With colleagues, Lora plans events on campus such as the Coffee Ethics Series, Global Ethics Day, TLPDC Ethics Series Luncheons, and TTU Ethic Center Workshops.  As a member of the Ethics Center research team, Lora presented research at two international conferences.  She has also collaborated with the Office of Academic Enrichment to create a new peer-to-peer mentoring program.

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Student Assistant

Terrell DeLeon serves as the Coordinator for the TTU Ethics Center. Terrell is completing his BBA in Energy Commerce from the Rawls College of Business Administration. His main duties include: managing data collection for TTU Ethics Center research projects, peer-to-peer academic integrity program presentations, provide support at TTU Ethics Center functions that engage students, staff, faculty, and administration, and performs other duties as required.

Terrell is a former Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America; who served the nation as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.  Terrell teaches Jiu Jitsu through the TTU Club he established to serve individuals interested in the self-defense art.  Local law enforcement officers seek self-defense training from Terrell to enrich their arsenal of skills to protect and serve the public.

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Research Assistant

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Student Assistant


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