Texas Tech University

About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at Texas Tech University

The mission of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Texas Tech University is to provide enjoyable and stimulating non-credit learning and cultural opportunities for its members.



We are self-sustaining, supported through membership dues, class fees, an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation, donations and in-kind support from Texas Tech University.

The Bernard Osher Foundation is committed to the goal of establishing a national network of lifelong learning institutes at universities across the country, and Texas Tech was among the first 70 institutions to receive funding for its program. The Osher network now consists of 125 member institutions with at least one institute in every state, five in Texas, and several at Big 12 schools.

OLLI Advisory Boards


Deborrah Bolls
Downing Bolls
John Caraway
JoVern Johnson
Susan Robinson
Sandi Saringer
Barbara Shaw
Max Shaw
Janis Test


Ross Bigelow
Jill Carr
Charlotte Freeborn
Linda Gerber
Jim Harris
James Klein
Jim Lindley
Joe Mirsky
Becky Reeves
Judy Synek
Mary Tharp
Mark Wieser

Highland Lakes

Barbara Bluhm
Ray Buchanan
Judy Gibbs
David Harkins
Merrill Laurentz
Mark McCary
Frank Reilly
Bill Rives
Rick Smith
Bill Smyrl
Sonya Smyrl
Elizabeth Turner
Jearl Thorpe
DJ Yows


Kent Crowell
Jim Douglass
Marilyn Fannin
Ed Fowler
James Livermore
Kathee Lupton
Diana Melcher
Tom Nichols
Jane Norton
Gretchen Scott
Jack Stagner
Sue Stagner
Tom Stone
Bill Wells

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

  • Address

    Texas Tech Plaza | 1901 University Avenue, Suite 513 | Lubbock, Texas 79410-5095 || Mailing: Box 45095 | Lubbock, TX 79409-5095
  • Phone

    (806) 742-6554
  • Email