Written by: Jessica Behnham
Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
(CASNR) recognized six distinguished alumni Feb. 16 at the Merket Alumni Center.
The award recognizes some of the college’s most outstanding alumni for significant
contributions to society. Honorees also are selected for the distinction their accomplishments
and careers have brought to the college and to careers associated with agriculture
or natural resources.
The Recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award:
Leon F. Neuenschwander
received his Ph.D. in range management in 1976 from Texas Tech. Neuenschwander has
served as professor, department chairman for Forest Resources and associate dean
in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences at the University of Idaho.
In 1995, he received the National Prescribed Fire Award for Excellence in Ecosystem
Management from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) forest service. Neuenschwander
and his wife reside in Pueblo, Colo. where he is a rancher.
Pat D. Taylor
received his bachelor’s degree in 1967 and his master’s degree in 1969, both in
park administration and landscape architecture from Texas Tech. Taylor serves as
associate professor and director in the Program of Landscape Architecture at the
University of Texas at Arlington. He currently resides in Arlington and serves as
president of Taylor and Associates.
Z B Mayo
received his Bachelor of Science degree in entomology in 1967 from Texas Tech. Mayo
has been employed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1972. He currently
serves as associate dean for the Agricultural Research Division. Mayo was named the
Educational Administrator of the Year in 2008 by the National Association of Educational
Office Professionals. Mayo resides in Lincoln, Neb.
Robert C. Albin
received his bachelor’s and master’s in 1961 and 1962 from Texas Tech. Albin joined
the Texas Tech faculty in 1967 and has held titles including assistant and associate
professor, associate dean, interim dean and professor. Albin retired from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences
in 2008. Albin and his wife, Donna, reside in Lubbock.
received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agricultural economics
from Texas Tech in 1965 and 1967. Ethridge joined the Texas Tech faculty in 1981
after working for the USDA as an economist. Over his years at Texas Tech, Ethridge
served as associate professor, chairman for the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
and director of the Cotton Economics Research Institute
and associate director of CASNR Water Center. He retired in 2008 and lives in Lubbock
with his wife, Kathie.
Quenna Lee Terry
received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech in
1993. Terry currently serves as a public affairs specialist for the USDA Natural
Resources Conservation Service in Texas for Zone 1. Terry also was a soil conservationist
in Lubbock County for seven years. Terry and her husband, Mark, have one daughter
and reside in Lubbock.