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E. R. Brooks

E. R. Brooks

Distinguished Engineer



Electrical Engineering – 1961



At Time of Nomination in 1988

Dick Brooks was born and raised in Slaton, Texas, and graduated from Texas Tech in 1961 with a degree in electrical engineering. As a college student, he was married and held a full–time job with the Santa Fe Railroad.

Upon graduation he was employed by West Texas Utilities. He progressed to supervisory and executive engineering positions, and became vice president of customer services in 1980. In 1982, he joined Central Power and Light Company as vice president of engineering, and was later promoted to president and chief executive officer. He assumed his present position as Executive Vice President of Central and South West Corporation in June 1987 and is responsible for the operation of the corporation’s four electric utility companies.

Mr. Brooks is chairman of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and President of the Texas Council on Economic Education. He has served on the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Texas Tech Department of Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the board of trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Council and the executive boards of the Texas Association of Taxpayers, the Texas Research League, and the Texas State Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the board of directors for Transok, Inc., Central and South West Services, Inc., CSW Energy, Inc., CSW Financial, Inc., and CSW Credit, Inc.

Mr. Brooks’ community and church activities include membership in the One Hundred Club of Corpus Christi, the Executive Board of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, chairmanship of the Coastal Bend United Way Campaign for 1987, and membership on the Executive Board of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce. At present, he is a Baptist Church deacon and a member of the Executive Board of Dallas Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts.

Mr. Brooks is married to the former Martha Garrett, who recently retired from her post as a high school principal. They have two children, Greg, an attorney in Dallas who graduated from Texas Tech in 1982; and Stephanie Mangels, who received a master’s degree in public school administration from Texas Tech in 1987. Stephanie and her husband Jeff have two children.

Texas Tech is privileged to bestow upon Dick Brooks the title of DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.

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