Texas Tech University

Dean's Advisory Board

Dean's Circle Spring 2015

Back Row: Matt Williams, Jerry Goolsby, James Pipkin, Dick Brooks, Heather Anderson, Rafe Calvert, Gerald Woolam, Kristie White, (former) Dean Dr. W. Brent Lindquist. Front Row: Jay Vollet, Lucy Vollet, Joe Barlow, Susan Pittman, (former) Associate Dean Dr. John Zak, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jack Helton. Not Present: Isaac Albarado, Jesse Pruitt.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Dean's Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University is to assist the Dean and the College in creating innovative opportunities through professional expertise and financial assistance to support the scholarly vision of the College. Find out more by reading the charter.

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Our Members

Isaac Albarado: Austin

Isaac Albarado

Isaac Albarado has served the State of Texas for more than 10 years in various roles. During his tenure, he has advised on issues specifically focusing on energy, environment, natural resources and tax policy. For the better part of a decade, he was legislative director and policy adviser for Texas State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran charged with executing policy initiatives and maintaining district operations for the representative. Albarado was a member of Capitol Young Republicans, board member and past president of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association, and Young Professionals in Energy. Albarado was nominated as a candidate for Man & Woman of the Year-Champions of Hope fundraising competition. He was encouraged by a friend to pick up the torch, and be an advocate for those battling blood cancers. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, golfing, and fly fishing. He currently is a mentor for Explore Austin. Albarado is from Ballinger, Texas, and now resides in Austin. He holds a BA in English and Political Science, and an MBA from Texas Tech University.


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Heather Anderson Herrmann: Houston

Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson Herrmann began her career in 2009 at ExxonMobil Exploration Co., serving in exploration and production roles in the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Louisiana. Anderson also spent a year in the Upstream Information Technology organization in ExxonMobil, supporting geoscience technology. In 2014, Herrmann moved into the ExxonMobil Global Reserves Group as the reserves advisor for the Africa, Caspian and Europe regions. In this position, she ensures technical collaboration, consistency and compliance in hydrocarbon reserves, reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Herrmann holds a place on the organizing committee for the ExxonMobil Geoscience Women's Interest Network, where she organizes professional development, networking, and outreach opportunities for the female geoscience community. Herrmann jointly established and continues to organize the ExxonMobil Ladies Golf Group. She also has been involved with business unit safety leadership, and she recruits for ExxonMobil at the annual American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Houston Student Expo. In 2012, Herrmann was involved in creating the AAPG Military Veterans Scholarship Program (MVSP), serving on the organizing committee. The AAPG MVSP was launched to the geoscience community in 2015. She is married to fellow Red Raider and U.S. Army Capt. Mark Herrmann. Together, they support the Britt, Baez, Osmolski Memorial Fund in TTU's Department of Military Sciences and the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research in TTU's College of Education. In 2013, she established the Heather S. Anderson Endowment fund in TTU's Department of Geosciences to support students pursuing degrees in Geology or Geophysics. In her free time, Anderson enjoys golf, basketball and the outdoors. Professional and Social Memberships include the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Association for Women Geoscientists, Texas Tech Alumni Association, Delta Delta Delta, Houston's First Baptist Church.


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Jodey C. Arrington: Lubbock

Jodey Arrington TTU AlumniJodey Arrington lives in Lubbock and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1994 with a BA in Political Science and earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration in 1997. He later received a certificate in International Business Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Arrington has worked in the Texas governor's office advising George W. Bush on appointments to state boards and commissions, recruiting conservative business leaders to provide oversight and accountability to agencies responsible for agriculture, higher education, healthcare, and criminal justice. After Bush won the presidency, Arrington was appointed special assistant to the president, helping the president assemble his team in the critical areas of agriculture, water, and energy. In 2005, Arrington also helped President Bush lead the Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After leaving the White House, Arrington served as chief of staff to Amarillo native Don Powell, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In 2007, Arrington returned to the South Plains to serve as chief of staff and later as vice chancellor for the Texas Tech University System. Then in 2014, Arrington stepped down from Texas Tech to become president of Scott Laboratories, where he is responsible for commercializing medical technologies and healthcare innovations. Arrington lives in Lubbock with his wife, Anne, and their two children and is active in the local community, serving on numerous boards and committees related to Christian ministry, economic development, and renewable energy.


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Joe Dee Barlow: Houston

Joe Barlow

Joe Dee Barlow is a partner in Barlow Jones LLP, the oldest law firm in Bay Area Houston. He launched the firm in 1967 under the name Jordan, Davis, and Barlow. Throughout a career that has spanned almost four decades as an attorney, Barlow has specialized in banking, helping to prepare loan documentation materials, structuring business loans for banks and serving as a third-party consultant for lender liability and litigation matters. Through his corporate/partnership expertise, Barlow helps clients set up their business structure. Among the clients that have retained Barlow as counsel are Conoco/Phillips 66 Federal Credit Union (Oklahoma), Amegy Bank, LandAmerica Commonwealth Title Co., Clean Coast Technologies Inc., Spinnaker LLC, Patriot Bank, and Baywind Village Convalescent Center. Barlow is a strong believer in giving back to his community. One of his most noted achievements in Bay Area Houston was helping to spearhead the creation of an independent civic organization dedicated to addressing development issues facing the growing community. In 1987, he teamed up with other talented individuals in the community to create the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation. Community endeavors include serving as chairman of the board of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Clear Lake Regional Hospital and vice chairman of Clear Creek Education Foundation. He is a member of the Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, 2006. From 1958 to 1966, he also served in the Texas National Guard. A seventh generation Texan with Ottawa Indian ancestry, Barlow earned a B.S. in Speech Communications from Texas Tech University in 1963. He later attended the University of Houston College of Law and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1966. That same year, he was admitted to the Texas Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. Barlow and his wife of 47 years reside in Friendswood, Texas. Daughter Jessica is an ergonomics engineer for Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. Daughter Jacqueline is an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California Davis.


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Dick Brooks: Granbury

Dick Brooks

Dick Brooks received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from TTU in 1961 and is a graduate of Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1986. Brooks is a retired chairman and CEO of Central and South West Corporation (CSW), a $14 billion electric utility holding company in Dallas. He spent 39 years with CSW, 25 years in engineering areas at the CSW subsidiaries of West Texas Utilities in Abilene, Texas, and Central Power and Light in Corpus Christi; and 14 years at the parent company in Dallas with the last 10 years serving as chairman and CEO. Brooks has served on the boards of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the National Council on Economic Education, Dallas Theater Center, is a former Texas Tech Regent and was a member of the Texas Tech Foundation. Brooks served as past chairman of the Electric Transportation Coalition, the North American Reliability Council, the Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Edison Illumination Companies, and the Texas Chamber of Commerce-Corpus Christi, among others. Brooks and his wife Martha have two children. Son Greg received a B.B.A. in finance from TTU in 1982. Daughter Stephanie Mangles received an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from TTU in 1987. Brooks and Martha reside in Granbury, Texas, where he is a deacon at Acton Baptist Church.


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Barry L. Brown: Washington, D.C.

Barry L. Brown TTU AlumniBarry Brown is a fifth-generation Texan and graduate of Texas Tech University. He received his Bachelors in Political Science in 1989. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside on Capitol Hill with their son, Leighton, and daughter, Gipson. Brown has more than 20 years of legislative, political, and professional advocacy experience in Washington, D.C. Brown came to the Alpine Group from his role as chief of staff to Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), vice chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the past 10 years. Prior to joining Burgess, Brown worked off the Hill as a vice president of the Alpine Group. Brown began his career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Larry Combest (R-TX), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, handling telecommunications, energy, higher education and judiciary issues. He then was named legislative director to Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee where he handled telecommunications, trade, defense, energy, higher education and judiciary issues. In 2000, Brown joined the congressional staff of Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairman of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee as chief of staff. At the age of 13, Brown began working on grassroots political campaigns. This early involvement in campaigns became a passion as he eventually chaired a successful congressional campaign on his college campus, Texas Tech University, which opened the door to his first stint on Capitol Hill as an intern. He has worked or advised on numerous federal, state and local races over the past 32 years. He has previously served as president of the National Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and most recently served on the National Board of the Red Raider Club. Brown currently serves as the first vice president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., and on the Board of Governors of the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill.


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Raif Calvert: Austin

Rafe Calvert

Raif Calvert earned a B.A. in English at Texas Tech University and a J.D. from the Pepperdine School of Law. He currently works as a lobbyist in the field of higher education as vice president for governmental relations and general counsel for Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas (ICUT). Calvert began his career in higher education after serving for several years as a lobbyist for the Texas Medical Association and other medical specialty societies. Prior to his career in legislative advocacy, Calvert served as a legislative aide to Gov. Greg Abbott, Senator John Cornyn, and former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives James E. “Pete” Laney. He specializes in appropriations, student financial aid, healthcare professions education and overall higher education policy and finance. Calvert's family roots are in West Texas, and he spends his leisure time with his children Kendall (12) and Cade (9) on the family ranch outside of Abilene, Texas.


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Bill Coleman, M.D.: Fort Worth

Bill Coleman TTU AlumniWilliam G. Coleman, M.D., is a graduate from Texas Tech University earning a B.S. in Zoology in 1978 and an M.D. in 1984. While attending Texas Tech, Coleman participated in the Kappa Alpha Order and Omicron Delta Kappa. His wife Kathy also graduated from Texas Tech in 1978 with a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in 1989 in mathematics. Coleman is an orthopedic surgeon and has his own practice in Fort Worth. He is a committee member with the Texas Medical Association and is affiliated with Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth and Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. The Colemans reside in Fort Worth and have three sons, two of whom attended Texas Tech.


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John Hafen: Lakewood, Colo.

John Hafen TTU AlumniJohn Hafen received his BS degree in cell and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry in 1989. John was active in science, intramural sports, and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After graduating, John moved to Colorado and worked in the laboratory testing industry from 1991 to 2001. In 2001, John started his own company, Peak Petroleum Testing Services, Inc., which serves petroleum refiners and pipeline companies who need regular, routine analysis of their fuel to ensure their product meets specification. In 2014 a second branch of Peak Petroleum was started in the greater Salt Lake City region. Now the company employs three full-time scientists in Colorado and two in Utah. Peak Petroleum Testing Services, Inc., has initiated a scholarship program as well as a new Internship Program where one student in Colorado and one student in Utah work for Peak Petroleum for a period of about six weeks. The Internship Program was started in an effort to help students in Arts & Sciences gain understanding on what technologies are used in industry and obtain valuable experience. John and his wife Charmayne reside in Lakewood, Colo.

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Jack Helton: Wheeler

Jack Jelton

Jack D. Helton graduated from Texas Technological University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1968 and currently resides on his ranch in Wheeler, Texas. Since 2011 he has served as senior project director on the Angola Port Project with Quantum Global Real Estate Zurich, Switzerland, and as advisor to Deutsche Bank's North America Infrastructure Fund Group and non- executive board member on Maher Terminal Holding, NYC. He also is chairman of the board for Blue Line Shipping, Dubai. From 1977-1999, he was employed by Sea-Land Service Inc. and served as chief executive officer with Salalah Port Service (Seconded from Sea-Land) from 1997-2005 and APM Terminals (West-Central Asia) from 2005-2007. He and his wife have five children and 12 grandchildren.


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Randal Macurak: Addison

Randal Macurak TTU AlumniRandal B. Macurak grew up in Dallas and attended Texas Tech from 1968-1972. He received a B. A. in chemistry and went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Upon completion of medical school, he worked three years in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and spent two years as a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Miss. He returned to Dallas in 1981 and has been a practicing gastroenterologist for 34 years, initially as a solo practitioner. Now he is a member of Digestive Health Associates of Texas (DHAT)—the largest such group in the country with 75 gastroenterologists. His practice has developed from general gastroenterology to specialization in small bowel endoscopy. His technique, using a double balloon small bowel endoscope, allows visualization and therapy of the small intestine in patients with occult GI bleeding. He teaches both family practice and gastroenterology fellows who are in training at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. His outside interests are music (vocal and classical guitar) and golf. He has two grown children, Philip and Randal, and resides in Addison, Texas.


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James Pipkin: Lubbock

James Pipkin

James Pipkin graduated from Texas Tech in 1965 with a major in social science and received a M.Ed. from Tech in 1969. Upon graduation Pipkin was employed as a teacher in the Lubbock Independent School District and later became a principal. In 1978 Pipkin left the education field and became CEO of a flour milling company. During that time he worked with a number of universities, including Texas Tech, conducting research on the company's products and served on an advisory committee in the School of Agriculture. Since the early 1990s, Pipkin has been involved in real estate investments, including residential development, mortgages, and multi-family properties. Pipkin's wife, Phyllis, also holds two degrees from Texas Tech.


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Susan Pittman: Grapevine

Susan Pittman

Susan Waits Pittman graduated from Texas Tech in 1966 with a major in English and a minor in German. She received her masters of humanities from the University of Dallas. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and was a student senator for two years. As a career high school teacher, Pittman developed and implemented both the AP Literature and the AP Art History curricula at Grapevine High School. Today, she is a docent at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and a member of the Friends of the Jeff Davis Library Board in Fort Davis. She and her husband Jerry, both retired, live six months in Grapevine and six in Fort Davis. They are the parents of two sons, one of whom graduated from Tech.


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Jesse Pruitt: Frisco

Jesse Pruitt

Jesse K. Pruitt is a licensed Texas broker and member of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors. Pruitt got his start in the real estate industry in 1974 when he joined Vantage Companies as a marketing representative. In 1976, he became executive vice president and general manager of the Dallas division of Vantage Development Co. In 1988, Vantage sold its leasing and management operations to Bradford Companies for more than $750 million. In 1994, Pruitt joined CMC-Commercial Realty Group as a partner and principal, responsible for more than 10 million square feet of build-to-suit industrial, office, retail and tech/flex product. He is now executive vice president of Somervell Commercial Realty. In 2009, Pruitt was inducted into the Dallas-Fort Worth Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame. He also was one of the four founders of the Real Estate Council, established in 1986. He has served as national president of the Texas Tech Alumni Association and a board member of the Texas Tech Red Raider Club. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1969 with a B.S. in biology and was also a Texas Tech football letterman. Pruitt is a 20-year board member of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and a member of the Cotton Bowl Selection Committee. He is also the founder and former president of the Las Colinas Polo Club and a board member of the United States Polo Training Foundation. In addition, Pruitt is a member of the Board of Governors of Stonebriar Country Club, and president of the Roger Marks Medical Foundation.


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Eduardo Rodriguez: El Paso

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez is president of Strategic Communications Consulting Group., a legal consulting and policy practice based out of El Paso. Rodriguez also is a practicing attorney, in both a solo practice and as special counsel with the minority- and woman-owned law firm, Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan, LLP, (GSH), a national law firm with offices in Milwaukee and other major cities throughout the United States. As special counsel to GSH, Rodriguez concentrates his marketing and practice efforts in the utility and energy industry. Since 2004, Rodriguez has been a member of the board of directors of ONEOK, Inc. (OKE-NYSE) a diversified natural gas/natural gas liquids energy company located in Tulsa, Okla. He also is a member of the board of directors and the lead independent director for OneGas, Inc. (OGS-NYSE), a Tulsa-based natural gas distribution corporation spun out of the operations of ONEOK, Inc. In 2014. Previously, Rodriguez served as executive vice president and as a member of the board of directors of Hunt Building Corp., a privately held company engaged in construction and real estate development headquartered in El Paso. Prior to his three years with Hunt Building Corp., Rodriguez spent 20 years in the electric utility industry at El Paso Electric Company, a publicly traded, investor-owned utility (EE-NYSE), ending as chief operating officer. Rodriguez is a licensed attorney in Texas, New Mexico, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Rodriguez has been actively involved in the non-profit sector. He has organized and facilitated various public policy initiatives focused on the greater El Paso/Southern New Mexico/Northern Mexico regional economy. Currently, he serves on the non-profit boards of Project ARRIBA, an El Paso based workforce and education development program; Kids Excel!; Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development. He is a member of The Regional Economic Development Organization for Borderplex Bi-national Economic Alliance, which covers the regions of Las Cruces, N.M.; El Paso; and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. And he also serves Community en Accion, an organization of Hispanic business leaders in El Paso. Education: B.A. (High Honors), Texas Tech University 1976; J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law 1979.


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Jay Vollet: Dallas

Jay Vollet

John J. (Jay) Vollet III grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. His choice for college, Texas Tech, was made easy as his grandfather, R. Wright Armstrong, was first a member and then chairman of the Texas Tech Board of Regents. Vollet graduated with a B.A. in biology. Influenced by his cell biology professor, Jerry Berlin, Vollet continued his studies at Texas Tech to earn a master's and then went to Kansas State University for his Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. This was followed by a National Cancer Institute post-doctoral fellowship in virology at Baylor College of Medicine. From there, Vollet went on to become assistant professor of clinical microbiology at The University of Texas Medical School, Houston. Later, he entered the pharmaceutical industry, where he has spent the last 30 years. Vollet's career has taken him to Japan and biotechnology companies as a licensing director identifying and acquiring intellectual property rights, and into clinical and scientific development in oncology with Pharmacia and Pfizer. For the past five years, Vollet has served as a medical sciences liaison for UCB, Inc., a Belgian biotechnology company working in the area of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, and lupus; and immunology. This Dallas-based position has Vollet interacting with clinical researchers involved in UCB-sponsored trials. He and wife Lucy recently have set up a lifetime gift to the Texas Tech Department of Biological Sciences to endow two professorships, one of which will honor the grandfather who was his mentor and supporter in attending Texas Tech.


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Lucy Vollet: Dallas

Lucy Vollet

Lucy McRae Vollet grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas. She graduated from Hollins University, a women's liberal arts college in Roanoke, Va., with degrees in sociology and history. Upon graduation she spent a year in post graduate studies at The University of London. She returned to Dallas and became a social worker for the YWCA. Next, she earned a degree as a Certified Language Arts Therapist and worked with dyslexic children at Scottish Rite Hospital. Later she started her own company, Lucy C Interiors, specializing in residential and commercial interior decorating. She then became a residential real estate broker associate, a profession that she has followed for close to 40 years. She is active as a Broker Associate with Dave Perry Miller Residential Real Estate in Dallas. She met Dean's Circle member Jay Vollet nine years ago, and the couple married a year later. When Vollet brought her to Lubbock for the first time, she fell in love with the people of West Texas and Texas Tech.


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Kristie White: Houston

Kristie White

Kristie White is originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but currently lives in Houston. She attended Texas Tech University from fall 1993 through spring 1997, graduating with a B.S. in geophysics. She went on to receive an M.S. in geophysics from the University of Oklahoma in fall 2000. She started her career with Fugro Seismic Imaging, Inc. in Houston as a seismic processing geophysicist. Seismic imaging takes sound waves and translates them into an image that shows a geological cross-section of the earth. She worked 11 years at Fugro until the company's merger with CGG in January 2013. In the summer of 2014, she began working for TGS as a senior processing geophysicist. White continues to be involved with Texas Tech University. She has been a board member of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Tech Alumni Association for the past 13 years. She served as chapter president for 2006 and 2007, and now volunteers in the scholarships area, where she organizes applications, schedules interviews, and helps with the on-field presentation at Houston Astros baseball games; she has been at this position or helping with it for more than 10 years. Since 2009, White also has been a part of the host committee for an annual alumni reception in Houston. This event began as a Department of Geosciences reception and has grown larger with the College of Arts & Sciences' involvement. White is a huge fan of the Red Raiders and returns to Lubbock for at least one football game every year.


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Matt Williams: The Woodlands

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a 1981 graduate from Texas Tech with a B.S. in geology. He currently is director of exploration for Southwestern Energy where he has worked since 1998. He started his professional career in 1983 after receiving an M.S. in geology from Texas A&M. In addition to his current role at Southwestern, he has held various technical and management positions throughout the oil and gas industry. This has included living and working in California, Alaska, Russia, and Oman. His last position before joining Southwestern was chief geologist of Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) in Oman. Matt is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Houston Geological Society, and is a Licensed Texas Professional Geologist. Williams and wife Ginger live in the Woodlands, Texas. Their family includes son and daughter-in-law, Capt. Hunter and Meghan Williams of Ft. Hood, Texas; and son Dillon Williams of Houston. Williams comes from a family of Red Raider graduates that includes Williams' mother, sister, brother, two uncles, two aunts, and many extended family members.


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Gerald Woolam, M.D.: Lubbock

Gerald Woolam

Gerald Woolam, M.D., is a Lubbock native who had his education at Texas Tech, Baylor College of Medicine, Parkland Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic. His wife, the former Nan Kelly, also is a Lubbock native and attended Texas Tech, as did all three of their children. They are long-time members of First United Methodist Church of Lubbock. Woolam practiced general surgery in Lubbock for 40 years and was a founding partner in Lubbock Surgical Associates. He is a clinical professor at the Texas Tech School of Medicine, was interim chairman of surgery at TTUSM in the 1980s, and was honored as a Texas Tech Distinguished Alumnus in 2000. Woolam has a long history of participation with the American Cancer Society at the local, state, and national levels, serving on the national board and as the ACS National President in 1999-2000. He recently retired as medical director and chief medical officer for FirstCare Health Plans.


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Our Faculty & Staff Members

Brian Still, Interim Dean: Lubbock

TTU Arts & Sciences Acting Dean Brian Still

Brian Still is interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University. A full professor of technical communication, Still served as chair of the Department of English before being appointed to his current role beginning Sept. 1, 2021. Still, who received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota, previously worked in government and industry as a web and software developer, and taught at the University of Minnesota, before joining Texas Tech as a faculty member in 2002. In addition to authoring publications on topics including product usability, complex user systems, and user-centered design, he is named on three issued U.S. and international patents. He has graduated 19 doctoral students and mentored others as former director of the User Experience (UX) Research Lab (URL). Taking advantage of technology that he developed in the URL in 2010, Still and his research team created an affordable eye tracking research system, commercializing it in 2011. He then founded a company, EyeGuide, around that technology, eventually innovating two other products—EyeGuide Mobile Tracker and EyeGuide Assist—that, among other things, allowed people with little to no use of their hands the ability to control a computer mouse with their eyes. Of late, EyeGuide has created Focus, a hardware and software platform intended for use in the field, that administers a seamless 10-second test to detect potential neurological impairment. EyeGuide Focus has been featured by CNN and was a finalist for the NFL's 1st and Future event hosted at Super Bowl LII in 2018. The technology is currently being used by major organizations and clients across the U.S. and internationally, including professional sports teams, healthcare systems and academic institutions. Still was honored with the Texas Tech University President's Award for Technology Commercialization in 2015 and the Emily K. Schlesinger Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2009.


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Cathey Durham: Lubbock

Cathey DurhamCathey Durham is the alumni relations and events director in the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University. IN addition to grant writing skills, she has an experienced background in philanthropic fundraising for non‐profit organizations and university development to solicit and secure private and corporate sponsorships. Durham plans and coordinates the Arts & Sciences development alumni donor events, alumni and Dean's Circle Advisory Board meetings and relations, and an annual alumni tailgate, as well as development marketing.


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