Texas Tech University

Dean W. Hughes Memorial Graduate Fellowship


The Dean W. Hughes Memorial Graduate Fellowship was originally created in 1988 as a lectureship to provide funds for annual lecture be an individual prominent in the field of agricultural finance. In 2008, the purpose changed to create a fellowship to provide funds for graduate or doctoral students conducting research in the area of agricultural finance.

Dean Hughes was born and raised in New York and moved to Massachusetts where he had close connections to the field of agricultural finance because of his father's employment as President of Farm Credit Banks of Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Economics in 1972 and then received his master's in Agricultural Economics from Purdue 1975. He completed his education at Texas A&M University in 1980 with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. In 1983, he made his way to Texas Tech University where we joined the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He received various awards and recognitions throughout his years at Texas Tech and was named the first Director of the Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute in 1984.

Regarding this nomination, Sam Curl, former Dean of the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources said, “He brought national and international recognitions to himself and the University. Even though he was well-known for his research, Dean Hughes continued to devote his efforts and creativity to teaching and working with students. He was also highly regarded by business and government leaders in agricultural finance and was a respected authority on the linkages between agriculture and the general economy.”

Dean was married to his wife Nadine for sixteen years at the time of his passing and they had two kids, Evan and Tara.

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