Texas Tech University

Outstanding Alumni

The College of Media & Communication Outstanding Alumni Awards were instituted in 1981 to recognize alumni of Texas Tech University who have made outstanding contributions to the field of media and communication.

Any person, organization, media group or company may make nominations for the annual recognition. A selection committee representing the students, faculty, alumni and advisory committee is appointed by the dean of the College of Media & Communication.

2018 Outstanding Alumni

Joe Fairless

Joe Fairless

After graduating from Texas Tech in 2005, Joe Fairless began his professional advertising career in New York City as a junior project manager for the advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day. He then worked at Mr. Youth (now “MRY”) where he helped the agency grow from seven employees to over 120. He finished up his agency career as the youngest vice president of SS+K in New York City. Today, Fairless has transferred his advertising knowledge to the worlds of finance and real estate as the co-founder and managing principal of Ashcroft Capital. 

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Jill Hockenbury

Jill Hockenbury

Jill Johnson Hockenbury brings 29 years of professional marketing, communications, and growth development experience to her current position as director of Physician Outreach Programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In this role, Hockenbury oversees a team of 10 professionals who drive volume for the institution's more than 60 ambulatory clinics and three hospitals. 

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Tony Wright

Tony Wright

With more than 20 years of hands-on and strategic experience in interactive marketing and a background in traditional and interactive public relations and journalism, Tony Wright has spent his career helping companies of all sizes be profitable online.

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