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The Honors College asks that all of you - students, faculty, and staff - embrace the enormity of this world and recognize the ways in which our actions, our generosities, our kindnesses can affect a myriad of people, children, and peers. We give of ourselves, through time, through energy, but remember that sometimes, even a simple word can change a life.


Dr. Donald Haragan

About Our Namesake 

Jane Winer

Dr. Donald Haragan has been associated with Texas Tech University for over 44 years. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D from the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Haragan came to Texas Tech in 1969 as an Assistant Professor in Geosciences and has served in a variety of administrative positions on both a full-time and interim basis.


Dr. Haragan served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research from 1985 until 1988, and Executive Vice President and Provost from 1988 until 1996. Dr. Haragan became President of Texas Tech University in August 1996 after serving as interim President. He served a second interim term as President from December 2002 until September 2003. In 2006, he served as interim Chancellor until the new chancellor was found.


In 1991, Dr. Haragan in his role as Provost added new resources to the Honors program, and in 1993 hired Dr. Gary Bell to offer new direction and energy. The Honors Program was moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the Office of the Provost where it could be centrally managed. These actions led to the formation of the Honors College in 1999 when Dr. Haragan served as President of Texas Tech University.

For his unstinting work on behalf of Texas Tech University and his continued support for the Honors College, the HOUSE celebrating the HONORS IDEAL of SERVICE bears the name HARAGAN!




About our Leadership



House Captains


  • House Captains: Rhea Karkera and Molly Zagala



House Mentors




Submit House Points



Individual accomplishments can earn anywhere from 5 to 250 points for your house! You will be notified with an owl email should your submission be accepted. Accomplishments that earn

house points include:


  • Holding a leadership position in a student organization
  • Volunteering in any capacity
  • Holding active membership in an Honors organization
  • Completing a senior thesis
  • Earning recognition in another department on campus
  • Extraordinary acts of whimsy

Application for House Points







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