New Members Nominated to Texas Tech Foundation Board

Nominations for John W. Carpenter III, J. Michael Lewis, Alejandra de la Vega Foster, Ebtesam Attaya Islam and Mickey Long approved by Board of Regents.

The appointment of five new members to the Texas Tech Foundation Board of Directors received approval Aug. 7 from the Board of Regents. The nominations included John W. Carpenter III and J. Michael Lewis, both of Dallas, Alejandra de la Vega Foster of El Paso, Ebtesam Attaya Islam of Lubbock and Mickey Long of Midland. “These five men and women bring a wealth of experience to the foundation board,” said Kelly Overley, chief operating officer of the foundation and vice chancellor of institutional advancement for the system. “We have a student and four successful business people. Their unique perspectives will strengthen our board and enable the foundation to continue to support the programs that create an excellent academic experience for students at each of our universities.” The foundation’s board must now approve the nominations. The new directors would serve four-year terms beginning Sept. 1 if approved. The Texas Tech Foundation Inc. was established in 1939 and provides volunteer leadership to facilitate institutional advancement programs and assist with fundraising activities, stewardship and major capital campaigns for the system.


John W. Carpenter IIIJohn W. Carpenter III is chairman of the board, CEO and president of Lachlan Alliance, a development and investment company. He graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
J. Michael LewisJ. Michael Lewis is senior financial executive for Wellspring Royalties Ltd./Olympia Royalty Ltd., a private partnership which purchases oil and gas mineral interests in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He also is president of San Jacinto Pty. Ltd., a private investment firm focused on the development of medium-density housing in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s of business administration degree and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Alejandra de la Vega FosterAlejandra de la Vega Foster is president of Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera, a convenience store chain with 189 stores, and is a franchisee, owner and operator of 10 Domino’s Pizza stores in Juarez, Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.
Ebtesam Attaya IslamEbtesam Attaya Islam, a third-year medical student at the Health Sciences Center, recently completed a one-year term as a student regent on the Board of Regents. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the Health Sciences Center.
Mickey LongMickey Long is president of Westex Well Services LLP. The company works exclusively for Occidental Petroleum Corp., a leading oil and natural gas exploration and production company. He graduated from Angelo State University in 1976.