Texas Tech University

Impactful Individual: The Scovell Family

In 2019, the Scovell Family donated to Rawls College to fund the Scovell Business Leadership program, which helps students sharpen their leadership capabilities.

Rawls College | November 7, 2023

As Texas Tech University celebrates its centennial year in 2023, the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business will highlight impactful individuals from years past. While each person be it as a student, alumni, friend, faculty or staff member may have impacted the college or their industry differently, one thing will always be constant: they are all part of the Rawls College legacy.

In March of 2019, the Scovell family made a generous gift to the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business with the goal of providing opportunities for additional students to sharpen their leadership capabilities through participation in the business leadership program.

John Scovell played Red Raider football and graduated first in his class from Texas Tech University. Two years later, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. John, co-founder, past CEO/president and current chairman of Woodbine Development, has championed several commercial real-estate projects in Dallas, Texas, most notably the Hyatt Regency with its landmark Reunion Tower. His wife, Diane, is a dedicated volunteer and member of various boards and takes part in many civic, philanthropic, religious and political organizations in Dallas.

Together, John and Diane have three sons: Field, King and Dupree. Continuing in their father's footsteps, each son played football and earned their undergraduate degrees at Texas Tech. Field Scovell, the eldest son, attended medical school at Texas Tech and currently practices medicine in Dallas, Texas. King is the chief development officer of Woodbine and has served as the co-chair of the Rawls Dallas Scholarship event and as a member of the Rawls Advisory Council. Dupree, the youngest of the brothers, earned four bachelor's degrees and then went to Stanford, where he earned an MEd. and MBA. Currently, Dupree is the managing partner and chief investment officer at Woodbine.

For more information on the impact of Rawls College, please visit the centennial exhibit at the Texas Tech Museum.