Texas Tech Alum Becomes First Texas Member Named to 4-H Hall of Fame
August 31, 2010
Alvin Davis will be inducted at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.
Alvin Davis, a Texas Tech University
alumnus and prominent leader in the cowboy culture and ranching heritage movement,
has been named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame
The Post native was among 16 honorees from around the country selected to receive
the annual honor.
Hall of Fame Award recipients are recognized for their lifetime achievements and contributions
to 4-H, officials noted. As a sophomore at Texas Tech, Davis received the Moses Trophy,
a historical national 4-H leadership award. At the time it was the highest honor that
a 4-H club member could receive.
Davis’ induction ceremony will be held Oct. 8 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
He will be the first former 4-H member from Texas to be inducted, though five former
4-H extension agents have been inducted from the Lone Star State in the past.
The 4-H Hall of Fame was established about a decade ago as a part of the 100th anniversary
celebration of 4-H work in the United States. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
sponsored the celebration and it partners with the National 4-H Council and National
Institute of Food and Agriculture in the operation of the National 4-H Hall of Fame
Davis received a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Texas Tech in 1952. While
at the university he was president of the Texas Tech 4-H Club
and Texas Tech Rodeo Association
. He was director of the rodeo association’s first National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
-approved rodeo in 1950.
Meanwhile, Davis was a member of several other Texas Tech organizations, including
the Agriculture Club, Saddle Tramps, International Livestock Judging Team and the
Block and Bridle Club. He was later named one of Texas Tech’s outstanding animal husbandry
alumni and was the first inductee to the Texas Tech Rodeo Hall of Fame. He was named
one of Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Distinguished Alumni in 2001.
Following graduation Davis worked as executive vice president and a director at two
national banks in the region, and later operated a mail order western awards business
and owned several western retail stores. Eventually he returned to Lubbock to serve
as executive vice president and general manager of the National Ranching Heritage
Center. During that time he founded National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration.
CONTACT: John Burns, dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,
Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org