Dr. Francisco Delgadillo, faculty director for diversity and associate professor of practice in the Area of Information Systems and Qualitative Sciences, was awarded the inaugural Education Adelante Award for his exemplary work in the community and his dedication toward student success. The Adelante Awards were created to recognize Hispanic men and youth for their work and service as community role models, and Dr. Delgadillo received his award at the Adelante Awards Banquet on Friday, May 1.
"It's a great honor to receive the Adelante Award in the Education category, and I feel extremely fortunate to be selected as the recipient of the award. I was excited just to be nominated, but to know that members of Lubbock's Hispanic community support and appreciate my efforts is both humbling and gratifying," Dr. Delgadillo said.
Dr. Delgadillo was nominated for the award by Loren Hall, a senior Accounting Major who was recently awarded Protégé of the Year by Mentor Tech. He has worked with Hall throughout her time at Texas Tech, and she has used his guidance and mentorship to excel in the classroom and build essential leadership skills.
"I nominated Dr. Delgadillo for this award because of his dedication to the Lubbock community and Texas Tech. Dr. Delgadillo inspires others to follow a path of achievement," Hall said. "For example, as his protégé in Mentor Tech, I have firsthand knowledge of his dedication to the success of the students who he mentors as well as his passion to create opportunities for others."
Other students who have worked with Dr. Delgadillo - who has served as a mentor through Mentor Tech since 2005 - have exhibited sustained academic success, with every business student graduating with a GPA of 3.6 or better. In addition to his work mentoring students, Dr. Delgadillo promotes diversity throughout the Rawls College of Business by traveling around the state to recruit high-achieving underrepresented students who can become leaders in business.
At the Adelante Awards Banquet, the Rawls College sponsored a table, and Dr. Delgadillo was accompanied by Bonnie Bowman, Rawls College alumna and principal at Parsons Elementary, and current Rawls College students: Dulce Acosta, Javier Jaquez, Gustavo Chavira, who was a nominee for the College Young Adult category, Francisco Lopez Delgado, Juan Duran, and Loren Hall.
The Education category consisted of several members from the Texas Tech community, including Paul Ruiz, senior administrator, Dr. Juan Muñoz, senior vice president and vice provost, and Professor Jorge Ramirez, associate dean of the School of Law. Rounding out the nominees for the Education category were Jeremy D. Cortez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jesus Arenas Jr., and Edward "Benji" Soza.
In total, the event drew 40 nominations in 11 categories. Other categories included Medical, Business/Professional, First Responder, Military/Veteran, Church, Media, Civic/Volunteer, Athlete/Athletics Supporter, College Young Adult, and Youth.This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.