Rawls Distinguished Alumni and Friends
The Distinguished Alumni program was founded in 1986 to honor alumni who have demonstrated exemplary dedication to Texas Tech University. Honorees have distinguished themselves not only professionally, but they have contributed time, talent, and/or financial support to one or more programs that benefit the Rawls College. Distinguished Alumni exemplify the dedication and passion of what it truly means to be a Rawls Red Raider.
Congratulations to the 2018 honorees and thank you for the dedication you have shown to the Rawls College and Texas Tech University.
MATTHEW E. MALOUF
OWNER, MALOUF INTERESTS, INC.
B.B.A. MANAGEMENT 1974
Matthew Malouf is the owner of Malouf Interests, Inc., a real estate development company he formed in 1995 after a long career in retail. A Lubbock native, Malouf earned a B.B.A. in Management from Texas Tech in 1974.
While in Lubbock, Malouf served on numerous city boards, including the Urban Renewal Board and the Civic Center Board. He was a director of Carillon Place, Lubbock Country Club and Covenant Health System. He served as a volunteer for 22 years with United Way of Lubbock and for five years with the Arthritis Foundation.
Malouf worked at his family's clothing store for many years, learning to love the retail business, including the relationships formed and the "serving the customer" attitude. Malouf's is now one of the nation's premier retail establishments.
Seeking a change after 30 years in retail, Malouf joined a close friend to learn the real
estate business and opened his own office in Dallas in 1996. Since then, Malouf has
developed over 130 retail, office and medical projects in 12 states. In December he
broke ground on a landmark project, the Gabriella, a mixed use/high rise
development adjacent to Dallas' Central Business District.
After moving to Dallas, he served as co-chairman of the Business School Capital Campaign
and was a member of the Texas Tech Foundation Board. Malouf has continued community
involvement while in Dallas with his support of the Momentus Institute as a member
of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and numerous other charities, including Hope Farm
and The Gatehouse. He is also currently a director
of PlainsCapital Bank.
MAYOR, CITY OF LUBBOCK
B.B.A. FINANCE 1985
Temple native Dan Pope graduated with a degree in finance from Texas Tech in 1985 with an emphasis in accounting. While at Texas Tech, he was active in a variety of campus organizations, including Phi Delta Theta, Student Government Association and Mortar Board. He also served as president of the Interfraternity Council.
After graduation, Pope worked for Xerox Corporation. He spent a decade in sales and sales management roles for Xerox in Midland, Austin and Nashville. In 1994, he returned to Lubbock and founded Benchmark Business Solutions. Over the next twenty years, he built Benchmark into the most successful Xerox Agent/Dealer in the U.S., creating 75 jobs and serving communities in Texas and New Mexico.
Pope has served in many leadership roles in nonprofit, healthcare and educational organizations, including Covenant Health System, Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees, the Lubbock Area United Way and, in 2012, he joined the Rawls Advisory Council. He and his wife of 25 years, Denise, are active members at First United Methodist Church. They are also the proud parents of Manning and Anne Claire.
Today, Pope serves as the Chief Development Officer of Covenant Health System, where his responsibilities include philanthropy leadership. He also serves on the board of directors for Tyler Technologies.
Pope was elected Mayor of Lubbock in May 2016. He is focused on working with the City
Council to move Lubbock forward by focusing on common sense leadership, effective
use of city resources, public safety, communication, job creation and proactive planning
for growth. He loves being described as "Lubbock's biggest
R. DUANE IRELAND, PH.D.
EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN, MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
B.B.A. 1969, MBA 1971, PH.D. 1977
R. Duane Ireland, who received his Ph.D. from the Rawls College in 1977, is the Executive Associate Dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University as well as a University Distinguished Professor and the Benton Cocanougher Chair in Business. Ireland has been recognized on two separate occasions in the Economics and Business section of Thomson Reuters' "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds."
Ireland has authored or co-authored nearly 30 books, including his most recent Entrepreneurship: Successfully Launching New Ventures and Strategic Management: Competitiveness and Globalization. He has published numerous articles in journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and many more.
He served a three-year term as editor of the Academy of Management Journal. He also served as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Journal, as a consulting editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and as an associate editor for the Academy of Management Executive. Ireland has served on editorial review boards for more than two dozen journals.
He has been a co-editor for 12 special issues of journals, including Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal
and Journal of Business Venturing.
Ireland is actively involved in the Academy of Management and served as the 69th president in 2014 and as a member of the Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. Among the awards he has received over his career, in 2017, Ireland received the Academy of Management's Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Service for his significant contributions to the field of management including his service, research, innovative teaching methods and breakthrough developments in the profession. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society.
MICHAEL A. HITT, PH.D.
UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR EMERITUS, MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL AT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
B.B.A. MANAGEMENT 1968, MBA 1969
Leading management scholar Mike Hitt received his B.B.A. and MBA from the Rawls College. He is a University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.
The Times Higher Education listed him among the top scholars in economics, finance and management based on the number of highly cited articles he authored. The Academy of Management Perspectives listed him as one of the top two management scholars in terms of the combined impact of his work both inside and outside of academia. In recent years, he was listed as a Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researcher.
During his more than 40-year career as a teacher and researcher, Hitt worked at four universities, the longest of which was Texas A&M. He has authored and coauthored a number of books and journal articles largely on topics in the field of strategic management and entrepreneurship. He is a former editor of the Academy of Management Journal and a former co-editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.
Hitt is a Fellow in the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of International Business. He is also a former president of the Academy of Management and Strategic Management Society. He received an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and is scheduled to receive one from Jonkoping University in Spring 2018. He has received the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management.