Alumnus Ronnie Hammonds Honored For His Continued Commitment to Excellence
By: Darla Vasquez
Rawls College alumnus, Ronnie Hammonds ,was recently honored by Alpha Kappa Psi at the December Board of Regents meeting. Hammonds received a plaque in recognition of his tireless dedication to Texas Tech University and its success. As a charter member of Alpha Kappa Psi, he was initially going to be presented with the award at the society's 50th anniversary celebration. Unable to attend the event, Alpha Kappa Psi faculty sponsor, Dale Duhan, and the Office of the Chancellor collaborated to schedule the recognition during this month's Board of Regents meeting on December 16.
Hammonds was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System on January 22, 2015. He currently serves on the Audit Committee, and his term expires on January 31, 2021. Hammonds graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.B.A. in accounting in 1968. While attending, he was a member of the Saddle Tramps organization. After graduation, he was employed as a CPA by the Houston office of Haskins and Sells, which was one of the "big eight" national accounting firms. They were eventually morphed into what is known today as Deloitte and Touche.
Hammonds and his wife, Nancy, currently reside in Houston, where he is the owner and president of Grason Communities, Ltd, a real estate investment firm. He is a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church, the Texas Tech Alumni Association and the Chancellor's Council at the Texas Tech University System. He has served on the boards of the local, state and national associations of homebuilders; the Hearthstone Homeowners Association; the Hearthstone Country Club; and the Brookhollow National Bank. As a father of four, Hammonds has coached and served on the boards of multiple youth football, soccer, cheerleading, basketball, project prom and baseball organizations and has been active in the affairs of the Cy-Fair School District. He supports the Star of Hope Mission, the Baytown Homeless Shelter and oversees the Ron Hammonds Scholarship at Texas Tech University, which a group of his friends endowed in his honor.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.