Texas Tech University

140 Alumni and Friends Turn Out for Reception in Midland

March 10, 2003

Jack Hightower, Missy McInnes, Marilyn Hightower, Bill Hightower, Allen McInnes, and Wayne MerrittAuthor: Donneva Crowell

Approximately 140 people attended an alumni reception for Rawls College of Business Dean Allen T. McInnes and his wife, Missy, at the Green Tree Country Club in Midland, Texas on Thursday, February 20.

Mr and Mrs Ken Burgess, Jack Hightower, Mr and Mrs Paul Morris, and Jack Wood coordinated the event. Burgess, Hightower, and Morris are all members of the Rawls College Advisory Council, with Ken serving as the current chairperson.

According to Wendell Jeffreys, Rawls College Development Director, "The Rawls College of Business is very interested in strengthening our partnership with alumni and businesses in the Permian Basin area. The event held was the first step in forming relationships with local business leaders in Midland and Odessa and we greatly appreciate all the interest and support from our alumni and the Midland Chamber of Commerce."

Reception attendees listened as Dean McInnes gave a report on the progress of Texas Tech and the Rawls College of Business. McInnes also introduced a new development initiative, the Rawls Raiders, through which annual membership donations will provide funds for student scholarships, faculty and program support, and other college operational funding.

"It was a great turnout with a lot of enthusiasm," Dean McInnes said of the event.

Underwriters for the reception included American State Bank of Midland, Bank of America, First American Bank, First National Bank of Midland, Jack Hightower, Tandem Energy Corporation, Wagner & Brown, West Texas National Bank, West Texas Nissan of Odessa, and Western National Bank.

Donating gifts for the event were Frame Mart & Gallery, Hawthorn Suites, the Office of the Chancellor at TTU, the Red Raider Club, and West Texas Nissan of Odessa.

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