TEXAS TECH ESTABLISHES PROFESSORSHIP FOR THE SCHOOL OF LAW
February 18, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 18, 2005
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LUBBOCK - Texas Tech School of Law officials will announce today the establishment
of the $500,000 Preston Smith Regents Endowed Professorship.
The announcement will be at 2 p.m. at the School of Law forum.
Funds for the professorship were raised through donations from about 50 alumni and
friends of the School of Law and the late former Texas Governor.
The professorship is one of several established under the Regents Faculty Endowment
Program. Gifts of $250,000 or more are matched with existing university funds to create
named professorships. The program is part of the university’s goal of recruiting and
retaining quality faculty members.
“I think it’s very appropriate that our foundation board elected to name this professorship
in honor of Gov. Preston Smith,” said Walt Huffman, dean of the School of Law. “He
was the person who signed the legislation bringing our law school into existence in
Smith graduated from the then Texas Technological College in 1934. He served as governor
of Texas from 1968 to 1972. During that time, Smith was instrumental in the creation
of Texas Tech’s School of Medicine and School of Law.
He also served as lieutenant governor from 1962 to 1968, as state senator from 1956
to 1962 and as a state representative from 1944 to 1950.
CONTACT: Walt Huffman, dean, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext.257.