Texas Tech University

1981-2008 Outstanding Alumni

Employment titles indicate the position held at the time of recognition. The 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 & Communication.


2008: Mark Condron
Senior Producer, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana

2008: Greg Davis
General Manager, WRR Radio
Dallas, Texas

2008: Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.com
Union City, New Jersey

2008: Linda Sease
Director of Marketing, Newspaper Division
The E.W. Scripps Company
Denver, Colorado

2008: Chris Wallace
President and CEO
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Irving, Texas


2007: Kim Cobb
Director of National Media Marketing
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

2007: Mark deTranaltes
Managing Director, J. Walter Thompson
Houston, Texas

2007: Andy Fickman
Writer and Director
Hollywood, California

2007: Carl Mullins
Publisher, Morris Communications Corporation
Fort Worth

2007: J. Michael Winter
Senior Vice President of Advertising
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fort Worth, Texas


2006: Gerald R. Fricks
Executive Director, MADD
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2006: Beverly McBeath
General Sales Manager, KCBD-TV
Lubbock, Texas

2006: George O'Dwyer
Executive Producer and Partner, 501 Post
Austin, Texas

2006: Ron Thomas
CEO, The Thomas Agency
Lubbock, Texas

2006: Scott Whitley
Advertising Director, San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego, California

2006: Keith Williams
Public Policy Spokesman
Washington, D.C.


2005: Steve Beasley
Publisher, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock, Texas

2005: Michelle Bleiberg
Director of Public Relations, Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas

2005: Max Faulkner
Director of Photography
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Fort Worth, Texas

2005: Brian Jensen
Director of Communications
Cushman & Wakefield
Fort Worth, Texas

2005: Todd Neal
Display Advertising Manager, Houston Chronicle
Houston, Texas

2005: Tanji Patton
Anchorwoman, WOAI News 4
San Antonio, Texas

2005: Ashton Thornhill
Retired Professor, Texas Tech University, College of Media & Communication
Lubbock, Texas

2005: Morris Wilkes
Vice President, Cox Communications
Lubbock, Texas


2004: Cindy Fluitt
Producer, Gundy, Berlin & Silverstein
San Francisco, California

2004: Beth Harris
Director of marketing, Academy Awards
Beverly Hills, California

2004: Gregory Paul Heitzman
National Sales Manager, ABC Radio
Dallas, Texas

2004: Arthur E. Mayhew
Retired Publisher,
Bucks County Courier Times
Levittown, Pennsylvania

2004: Karin McCay
Anchorwoman, KCBD-TV
Lubbock, Texas

2004: Carol McKelvy
Director of Sales, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock, Texas

2004: Mack Owen
Founder, Owen Group Advertising
Lubbock, Texas

2004: Beth Pratt
Religion Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock, Texas

2004: John J. Rafferty Jr.
General Sales Manager, WJXT-TV
Jacksonville, Florida

2004: Renee Underwood
Director of Advertising, United Supermarkets
Lubbock, Texas


2003: Eddie Aldrete
Managing Director, Public Strategies Inc.
San Antonio, Texas

2003: Abner Euresti
Anchorman, KCBD-TV
Lubbock, Texas

2003: Charles Gerardi
Vice President of Advertising,
The Palm Beach Post
West Palm Beach, Florida

2003: Will Jarrett
Former Owner, Westward Communications
Dallas, Texas

2003: Jay Rosser
P.R. Consultant
Wichita, Kansas


2002: Jim Gaither
Broadcast Director, The Richards Group
Dallas, Texas

2002: Jeff Klotzman
Anchorman, KJTV-TV
Lubbock, Texas

2002: Linda Burke Rutherford
Director of Public Relations, Southwest Airlines
Dallas, Texas

2002: Keith Samples
VKS Entertainment
Calabasas, California

2002: Ann Ward
Vice President for Communications Texas Hospital Association
Austin, Texas

2001: Brice Beaird
President, The Beaird Agency
Dallas, Texas


2001: Ray Chavez
Professor, University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota

2001: Katie Keifer
Anchorwoman, KMOL-TV
San Antonio, Texas

2001: Scott Pelley
Correspondent, 60 Minutes II
Washington, D.C.

2001: Mike Read
Web Operations Editor, Houston Chronicle
Houston, Texas


2000: Larry Beaulieu
Vice President, KFDM-TV
Beaumont, Texas

2000: Miller Bonner
Co-chairman, Global Technology Practice Edelman/GTT
New York City, New York

2000: James L. Stuart
Owner, Stuart Bacon Advertising
Fort Worth, Texas

2000: Rick Perez
Vice President, TNT Latin America
Atlanta, Georgia

2000: Charlene Rogers
Vice President, Stark and Company
Dallas, Texas


1999: Robert S. Condron
Director, Media and Public Affairs
U.S. Olympic Committee
Colorado Springs, Colorado

1999: Malcolm Bordelon
Executive VP/Business Operations
San Jose Sharks
San Jose, California

1999: Don Richards
Partner, McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson, L.L.P.
Lubbock, Texas

1999: John M. Drollinger
Vice President, Publicis Advertising Agency Powder
Springs, Georgia


1998: Marian Herbst Kelley
Director, Public Relations, Tracor, Inc.
Austin, Texas

1998: James Ferguson
Chief Creative Officer, DDB Needham
Dallas, Texas

1998: Jeanna Clark Wolf
Senior Vice President, DDB Needham
Dallas, Texas

1998: Robert A. Rooker
Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, School of Mass Communications
Lubbock, Texas


1997: Hector Galan
Owner, Galan Productions of Austin
Teaneck, New Jersey

1997: William Dean
Executive Vice President and CEO,
Texas Tech Ex-Students Association
Lubbock, Texas

1997: Mary Lou Kromer
Vice president, W.R. Grace and Co.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

1997: Lt. Col.
Virginia N. Pribyla
Chief Media Relations, USAF, Public Affairs Hickam AFB, Hawaii


1996: Ron Askew
Director, Account Services, DDB Needham
Dallas, Texas

1996: Freda McVay
Instructor, Texas Tech University
School of Mass Communications
Lubbock, Texas

1996: Ginger C. Hardage
Director, Public Relations
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, Texas

1996: Frank Bass
Pulitzer-Prize winner, Houston Post
Houston, Texas


1995: Dennis Copeland
Two-time Pulitzer-Prize winner
Hollywood, Florida

1995: Mary Alice Robbins
Austin Bureau Chief, Morris Communications
Austin, Texas

1995: Rich Flora
Owner and CEO, Flora Creative
Plano, Texas

1995: Don McBeath
Lubbock County Judge
Lubbock, Texas


1994: Tina Tippit
Writer, photographer and performer
New York City, New York

1994: David Fowler
CEO, Tracy-Locke Division of DDB Needham
Dallas, Texas

1994: Jim Hayhurst
Manager, Blue Bell Creameries
Brenham, Texas

1994: Victor Cooper
CBS News Cameraman and Editor
Moscow Bureau, USSR
New York City, New York


1993: Chino Chapa
Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
Dallas, Texas

1993: O.G "Speedy" Nielman
Publisher, Hereford Brand, Hereford
Publisher, Snyder Daily News
Snyder, Texas

1993: Charles Reinken
Editorial Section Editor, Fayetteville Observer
Fayetteville, North Carolina


1992: Max Jennings
Editor of newspapers in Ohio and Arizona
Pahrump, Nevada

1992: Jeanne Knapp
President, Knapp Communications
Lubbock, Texas

1992: Patsy Lokey
Former Vice President
United Coupon Clearing House
Lubbock, Texas

1992: Thomas Sandoz Jr.
Owner and President, Family Publishing
Dallas, Texas


1991: Ernest Joiner
Newspaper Publisher, Editor and Columnist
Carrizozo, New Mexico

1991: Janet Miles
Sales Representative, NAB
Falls Church, Virginia

1991: Dorothy Bowles
Knoxville, Tennessee

1991: James Watts
Owner, Watts Advertising Agency
Springfield, Montana


1990: Dale Johnson
District Manager, External Affairs, SWBT
Mason, Texas

1990: Ira Perry
Executive Director, Society of Professional Journalists
Houston, Texas

1990: Phil Price
Owner, Phil Price Advertising
Lubbock, Texas


1989: Marie Harris
Regional Editor, Plainview Daily Herald
Plainview, Texas

1989: Jim Lindsey
Senior Assistant to Texas Land Commissioner
Cedar Park, Texas

1989: Russel Pate
Freelance magazine writer
Dallas, Texas


1988: Barbara Culver
Texas Supreme Court Justice
Lubbock, Texas

1988: Bronson Havard
Owner, Urban News, Inc.
Dallas, Texas

1988: Jane Rushing-Gilmore
Author of seven novels
Lubbock, Texas


1987: Jerry Hall
Principal, Jerry Hall & Associates
Austin, Texas

1987: Jack Bowen
Television Producer, KWTV-TV
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


1986: Carolyn Barta
Viewpoints Page Editor and Associate Editor of Editorial Page Dallas Morning News
Dallas, Texas

1986: Dale Buckner
Founder and Operator Buckner Advertising
Lubbock, Texas


1985: Debbie Bolner Prost
Principal in Promark Advertising/PR
San Antonio, Texas

1985: Robert Taylor
Deputy Editor
American Illustrated, and Editor U.S. Information Agency
Surrey, Maine


1984: Bill Crume
Owner, Crume PR/Advertising
Dallas, Texas

1984: Robert Montemayor
Pulitzer-Prize winner for Journalism, 1984
Bloomfield, New Jersey


1983: Kirk Carr
Advertising Services Director, Wall Street Journal
Stamford, Conneticut

1983: Jay Harris
Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Lubbock, Texas


1982: Everett Groseclose
Assistant General Manager, The AP
New York City, New York

1982: Dan Perkes
Director of Product Development, Dow Jones
East Orleans, Massachusetts


1981: Marshall Formby
Editor, publisher of Plainview Daily Herald
Plainview, Texas

1981: Leon Hale
Columnist, Houston Post
Houston, Texas